Workplace Etiquette

Bad news for Brooks Brothers and Ann Taylor: Traditional business attire takes a back rack these days. Comfortable and casual are the watchwords for workplace fashion.
AVG Technologies Digital Diaries project looks at how social networks affect people’s work lives. A study re­­leased as part of the project included 4,000 people in 10 countries and found that more than half felt that workplace privacy has decreased with the pro­­liferation of social media networks.
While it could be bad for your career to point out every misstep your boss makes, you’re more likely to get a boost if you can kindly communicate constructive criticism when he really needs it, says writer and entrepreneur Jennifer Winter. She offers three tips to help you make sure any feedback you offer your boss is both diplomatic and productive.
Strategist and coach Zoë B offers five ways to boost your listening skills.
Disagree tactfully with someone in public, by using one of these leadoff sentences.
Few people enjoy conflict, but it’s an inevitable part of life and ­business. So if you want to succeed, you need to become skilled in managing it. A few key phrases can help you to resolve conflicts when they arise, says author, speaker and consultant Barry Moltz.
You have a friend who’s looking for a job and your company has an open position. You think she would be a good fit, but you wonder if this is one of those good deeds that’s unlikely to go unpunished.  That’s what one reader asked recently on the Admin Pro Forum.
It takes a variety of personalities and work styles to make up a successful workplace, but differences can cause misunderstandings and conflict on the job. To stay productive and professional, you have to learn to handle these differences. Rebecca Thorman, author of the “Kontrary” blog, has five strategies to help you do just that.
When Capt. D. Michael Abrashoff first took the helm of the USS Benfold, the 310-person crew was so demoralized, they couldn’t wait to get off the ship. One of Abrashoff’s first acts as captain: Setting up a “Welcome aboard!” program that turned nervous recruits into enthusiastic sailors.

Welcoming new co-workers

October 19, 2012 Categorized in: Workplace Etiquette

The first week at a new job can be stressful. There are so many new people to meet, passwords to memorize and new software systems to learn. How can you make that onboarding process more welcoming?
At many organizations, it’s common practice to celebrate co-workers’ achievements with a drink after work or to band together for volunteer projects. But is it fair to penalize people who don’t want to participate in these after-hours activities?
Sometimes, when people comment on your clothing, they may be trying to give you a hint that what you’re wearing isn’t appropriate for the office, writes fashion blogger Kat Griffin.

Good morning … or is it?

July 20, 2012 Categorized in: Workplace Etiquette

Most admins would probably agree that saying a friendly “hello” or “good morning” to co-workers and bosses is good office etiquette. So what do you do when your greetings fall on deaf ears?