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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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Keep these in mind when launching an electronic ‘zine to grab them by the lapels and bring in their business (or just their undivided attention). They apply whether you’re blasting to 50,000 people or just that strange department on the floor beneath you.
Undoubtedly, LinkedIn is the social media tool of choice for professionals. Whether you are building your network to gain career opportunities, reach potential contacts or stay connected with peers and colleagues, make sure you follow these rules.
How many emails do you send and receive each day? Probably so many you’ve developed bad habits and reflexes you don’t even think about anymore.
Toxic co-workers can rip apart your team. The good news is that most toxic employees can be rehabilitated with coaching and training. The key is to spot them—and address their behavior—before they cause too much damage. Look for these three signs.
What is one of the top skills needed for a successful IT career? Inter­­per­­sonal communication, says Eric Bloom, a former CIO, and president of Man­­ager Mechanics LLC, a company specializing in IT leadership development.
Managing up is an important skill for admins at every level to master. Melba Duncan, president of The Duncan Group and author of The New Executive Assistant, offers these seven tips to help you improve your ability.
Making a few small changes to your morning routine can give you a serious boost of productivity, writes John Brandon, an Inc. contributing editor. He suggests doing these eight things at the start of each day.

Your boss holds the keys to your next pay raise, that potential promotion and even whether you can take a vacation this summer. Do your best to foster a positive relationship with the person who has so much influence over your future.

Once you’ve learned all the basic rules of English grammar, you’ll find there are almost as many exceptions. Grammarly Director of Communications Allison VanNest explains some words that act in ways you might not expect.
If you recognize any of the following signs, your overly talkative nature could be hurting your work relationships and your career.
While it’s easy to point fingers at your boss, co-workers or even your “unfair” workload, you could be responsible for your own failures. Are you sabotaging your own productivity and work quality with these actions?

Even if you make a great argument for why you should earn more money, your employer may be unable or unwilling to increase your pay. But there are workarounds.

Sometimes, reaching distant goals can feel like an unending quest, especially if our objectives are months or years away. So how do we stay focused for the long haul?

You may not be exactly the strong communicator you think you are. That’s the conclusion from an analysis of 40 CEOs whose videotaped interviews yielded wide discrepancies between how they think they come across and how they really do.

If your career is stalling, or you want to put yourself in the best position possible to receive a raise or promotion, it’s time to look hard at yourself and the things you do.
Meeting icebreaker: Try ‘Guess My Lie’ ... Take the “Hi” road ... Seek insight from peers, not just superiors or mentors.

Realizing they're more about culture and relationships can help you understand those politics better and manage them to your advantage.

April is National Stress Awareness Month, making it a good time to take stock of how you feel at work and figure out if you’re dealing with stress properly so you don’t burn out or wear yourself down.
Do you find networking a challenge? Perhaps your calendar can help, writes Dave Delaney in The Tennessean.
When you have extremely urgent information to share, ensure that your listeners understand your message and can respond accordingly. Use these tips to convey a clear message when it matters most.
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