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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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What do you do when something seriously embarrassing happens to you at work? Follow the lead of this month’s Best Communicators.
New York Times best-selling author Shawn Achor and former national CBS News anchor Michelle Gielan re­­­port: “Researchers Howard Fried­­man and Ron­­ald Riggio from the Uni­­­­­­­­ver­­sity of Cali­­for­­nia, River­­side, found that if someone in your visual field is anxious and highly expressive—either ver­­bally or nonverbally—there’s a high likelihood you’ll ex­­­­­­peri­­ence those emotions as well, negatively impacting your brain’s performance.”
Here are six amazingly simple productivity routines practiced by some of the world’s greatest business minds—that could just change the tone of the entire day.
Emojis bring to text the nuances of communication that would otherwise go undetected or misinterpreted. Is it time to get on board with them at work?
As more people experience frequent job changes, it’s important to have a large personal network you can call on to help you, says Karen Wickre, a self-proclaimed connector and networking guru. Here are her tips for building great contacts over time.
If one of your New Year’s resolutions is to improve yourself, there are plenty of ways to do so without spending a lot of money, says San­­jay Nasta, founder of learning and development firm Micro­­Assist. Iden­­tify the skills you have and the skills you want to gain, then target your search. Consider these options.
You may be your own worst enemy when it comes to climbing the ladder at work. If you want to succeed, stop these three behaviors now.

Part of any leader’s job is resolving conflict among employees. But there’s a right and a wrong way to restore the peace. Beware of falling into these four ­be­­havioral traps when trying to play ­referee.

One of the most pivotal periods in your relationship with your boss is those first few weeks while you’re getting routines established, learning each other’s temperaments and mapping out expectations. This is especially true when it’s the boss who’s new to the company and not you. You can make yourself indispensable and ease her transition into your organization if you do the following.
Former Picnik and current Pic­­Monkey CMO Lisa Conquergood says she learned a lot about how Google keeps employees engaged and productive while she worked there.

How many times would you like to say, “No, I can’t help you,” but refrain from doing so? The result is an overload of work when you’re still trying to complete the projects that fall within your job responsibilities.

In this age of multitasking, it’s often more productive to “singletask.” By concentrating on one assignment at a time, you can deliver better results and minimize error.
Managers have a lot on their plates, which sometimes can prevent them from getting back to you about your project in a timely manner. This prevents you from moving forward and slows the process down, writes Alex Cavoulacos, a founder of The Muse. But sometimes, you can be partially to blame.
This month, we’re giving a collective nod to the celebrities who have decided to take a break from social media.
As people work longer and longer, it happens in every office. When does compassion take a back seat to productivity?
Good grammar and proper phrasing are important to projecting a professional image in the workplace. Grammarly’s Kimberly Joki reviews five of the most common incorrectly used words and phrases.
Being active on LinkedIn has be­­come a career essential, but it can be a challenge. Kim Brown, Syra­­cuse Uni­­ver­­sity Career Services, spends a lot of time reviewing LinkedIn profiles and noticed people make these common mistakes.
It’s disappointing to get passed up for a promotion, and it’s frustrating when you believe you earned it. But if you find yourself in this position, don’t let it get you down for long. “Getting passed up should fuel your competitiveness and light a fire under you,” says LaSalle Network CEO Tom Gimbel.
Have you ever felt punished for taking initiative and tackling a problem on the job? If so, you’re not alone, says productivity consultant Laura Stack. Don’t let that stop you in the future, though. Instead, consider who you may want to consult before you act again.
To communicate effectively and ensure you’re heard, start by adopting a mindset that values diverse opinions and demonstrates you appreciate those that express opposing viewpoints, Booher advises. Sharing a variety of viewpoints doesn’t have to lead to conflict. Next, try to employ these communication tactics.
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