Workplace Etiquette

You CAN avoid workplace politics

January 27, 2016 Categorized in: Workplace Etiquette

Workplace politics are inevitable, so it’s essential you find a way to deal with it professionally, according to Uloop.

Bad habits kill good communication

January 20, 2016 Categorized in: Workplace Etiquette

Communication is essential to a successful office, but no matter how much we practice our communication skills, there are still bad habits. These bad habits can kill your conversations right out of the gate, writes Kristin Wong for Lifehacker. By working on breaking them, you can im­­prove your communication skills.
Even if your workplace has a re­­laxed environment, office etiquette is still important, Jason Kulpa, CEO of Underground Elephant, writes for Mashable. Here are the office rules he thinks are the most important.
Social media rules can be complex and confusing, writes BuzzFeed Senior Writer Tom Phillips, who offers eight ways to navigate this online universe.
In a large organization, it can be hard to get to know everyone, yet sometimes you need to support teams you don’t often work with. How can you get to know everyone across the organization better to make cooperating easier?
Q. People in my organization love Reply to All. I don’t mind getting some of these emails and being in the conversation. But, when I don’t, I’m forced to keep deleting these messages as they come in. Is there a better way?
Communications consultant Robin Madell says the three biggest errors you can make at work arise from the misuse or misunderstanding of three key elements: technology, corporate culture and office politics.
It can be frustrating when your peers use sneaky tactics to make them­­­selves look better than you at work. But what can you do to stop them? That’s what one reader asked recently on the Admin Pro Forum.
Forget elbows on the lunch table and yoga pants in the cubicle. A study has found that technology may be a leading cause of rudeness in the office.

The power of a neutral ‘No’

September 26, 2014 Categorized in: NegotiatingWorkplace Etiquette

The fear of damaging a relationship might keep you from saying “no” to your boss or to a co-worker, but turning down someone doesn’t have to come across as combative or reluctant, notes Harvard Business Review writer Holly Weeks.
Jorie Scholnik is an assistant professor of student development at Sante Fe College in Gainesville, Fla., as well as an etiquette associate at the Protocol School of Palm Beach. We connected with her recently to learn how administrative professionals can best conduct themselves on the job.
Incivility—being disrespectful, un­­­pro­­fes­­sional or just plain rude—is an epidemic in many workplaces today, Joyce E.A. Russell writes for The Wash­­ing­­ton Post. And it’s a problem for businesses, customers and employees.

The right way to deliver bad news

January 31, 2014 Categorized in: Workplace Etiquette

Severing professional ties with someone, especially an employee, can be as rough on the messenger as it is on the recipient. Take these business leaders’ advice to handle it as well as possible.