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Workplace Communication

In an era of Casual Fridays and work-from-home colleagues, how can you maintain effective office communication in a changing business climate?

We’ll steer you through changes in business etiquette, and help you successfully navigate through the new realities of workplace conflict and office politics.

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As you might already know, it’s quite easy to let what started out as a civil conversation turn nasty. Here are four surefire ways to turn a healthy debate into an all-out donny­brook.
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Blythe, an admin from San Diego, was sure the pay of an Executive Assistant would be very nice, but she had her doubts about whether to go for the job. She liked being on the same level as other admins in the office, working as a group, and the idea of tying herself so closely to the whims of just one boss was making her hesitant. Words submitted to us from actual admins around the country changed her mind.

When the conversation turns political, religious, too personal or controversial, or it just seems to go on forever, here’s how to change the topic without offending others.

Steel yourself—we want you to put your upcoming talk through this aggressive 12-point test. Our goal is to poke, nitpick and annoy until you have all your bases covered and can come off like an awesome leader, not a text reader.Let the tough love begin! 

Avoid the pink slip—and instead position yourself for a promotion—by following this advice.
What’s the biggest faux pas when writing emails? Making them too long. “A long email is a signal you’re using the wrong communication tool,” says Leigh Stringer, author of The Healthy Workplace. Here are two great reasons to keep your emails short and sweet.
You want to be viewed as a team player at work—not a pushover. Agreeing to take on more and more, even when you are already overwhelmed, is a sure way to burn out, and your work will suffer. Follow these tips to put an end to the behavior
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