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    How to Write an Effective, Polite, and Useful E-mail

    How to Write an Effective, Polite, and Useful E-mail
    Like many forms of communication, e-mail is no less susceptible to the vagaries of shorthand, slang, jargon and plain silliness Think before you press send. It’s all too easy to bombard the people around you with a continuous stream of thought-bites via email. Whether you’re an office newbie or you have simply fallen into bad e-habits, it’s time to take stock ...
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    10 Ways You're Annoying Your Coworkers

    Everyone has something (or someone) that annoys him or her at work. It could be faulty equipment or coworkers who don’t pull their own weight. But nobody’s complaining about you, right? Not so fast. Even though your mom, friends, or significant other may worship the ground you walk on, there could be some people you work with who are far ...
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    10 Body Language Blunders

    It doesn't even matter what you say if your body is saying something else. And sometimes body language mistakes people don't even know they're making can hurt relationships at work or at home. To protect yourself and your career from a harmful communication breakdown, check out the following mistakes and be sure to avoid them. 1. A Closed Body Whether ...
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    Cubicle Etiquette 101

    Cubicle Etiquette 101
    Do you find that your colleagues are hovering around you when you're on the phone? Do you feel that you are not being respected when you are doing something urgent and people just barge in on you? If you work in a cubicle, here are some guidelines to follow for good cubicle etiquette: -You see the person you wish to talk ...
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    The Latest in Phone Etiquette

    The Latest in Phone Etiquette
    From "The Latest in Phone Etiquette (Part 1 of 2)" One of the most important skills I use every day as an executive secretary is proper phone etiquette. The way I handle myself on the telephone reflects on my employer, my company and me. My professionalism speaks volumes about the image of my company. And as you know, professionalism is a ...
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    How to Avoid Gossip and Stay Popular

    How to Avoid Gossip and Stay Popular
    Gossip is and will always be a part of the work environment. Whether it’s during a quick chat over a morning cup of coffee or a marathon session at happy hour, we’ve all started or repeated a rumor about someone in their absence. In fact, employees gossip up to sixty-five hours a year at work, according to a July 2002 survey ...
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    Top 5 Business Manners that Truly Matter

    Top 5 Business Manners that Truly Matter
    The knowledge of business etiquette applies to all, whether you’re a successful business executive or a recent college graduate just entering the business world. We can all use gentle reminders of how to behave appropriately in our day-to-day business life. There may be times when you find the adage true that “you don’t know what you don’t know”, so it behooves ...
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    Email Etiquette: How to Write it Right

    Email Etiquette: How to Write it Right
    If you’ve ever begged IT to stop a sent email in its tracks, or wasted an entire morning sifting through an unruly inbox, it might just be time for an email refresher course. In this age of BlackBerry-toting professionals connected by email around globe, it's crucial to abide by the written (and unwritten) rules of email communications. You don’t want to ...
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    How to Make Friends in and out of the Office

    How to Make Friends in and out of the Office
    When we were younger, making friends was easy. School provides us with an instant pool of people our own age that we interact with on a daily basis, who are in the same boat we are. But once we leave college and enter the real world, finding friends can be a more difficult task, especially if you have to relocate for ...
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    8 Ways to Mind Your Office Manners

    8 Ways to Mind Your Office Manners
    It seems like there’s one in every office … one person who engages in baffling, inexplicable, or sometimes downright rude behavior. There’s the woman who talks on her cell phone in the bathroom every day, the man who microwaves noxious leftover fish, or the girl who leaves her personal papers on the copier glass. Work is the place where we spend ...
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    Embarrassing Moments at Work: How to Recover

    Embarrassing Moments at Work: How to Recover
    Years later, I still remember that sinking feeling, just after I'd hit the Send button after writing an email complaining about an editor. My worst virtual fear was quickly confirmed: Yes, I had sent my bit of snark to the editor instead of my friend--and no, the editor wasn't amused. Although he initially refused to work with me again, he eventually ...
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    Five Work Microwave Etiquette Commandments

    Five Work Microwave Etiquette Commandments
    The microwave has revolutionized how workers eat on the job, allowing them to enjoy goodies like warmed-up leftovers, frozen dinners and microwave popcorn while they work. Most workplaces, including Monster, provide several microwaves for employee use. Alas, not everyone is on the same page when it comes to workplace microwave manners. To preclude confusion, here are my top five things to ...
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    Resolve Office Conflicts

    Resolve Office Conflicts
    When the going gets tough, your coworkers can be the first to get on your last nerve. Whether it's due to on-the-job pressures, stress at home, familiarity or just proximity, when you're feeling hot under the collar, it's often your coworkers who wind up feeling the heat - whether they actually deserve it or not. So the next time you're ready ...
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    Top 10 Things College Taught Us About Life

    1. Dorms College is a time of extreme freedom but, let’s face it, not everything about college screams unfettered space. Students don’t usually have a lot of extra money and that means that their personal space is limited. In fact, the average college student has bunked down in a dorm room. According to the 2000 census, about 2 million students ...
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    Workplace Friendships: Asset or Liability?

    Workplace Friendships: Asset or Liability?
    Few would dispute the power that a true friendship has to enrich our lives. But what role should friendship play in the workplace? Is it smarter to keep your personal and professional lives separate or to purposely seek out and cultivate friendships on the job? The Pros and Cons Dr. Jan Yager, author of Friendshifts: The Power of Friendship and How ...
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    How to Speak More Assertively

    How to Speak More Assertively
    If you deal with daily meetings and interactions with coworkers, you know just how important it is to speak assertively. But what exactly does “assertively” mean and how do you speak your mind without coming across as rude? These are important questions, as communicating effectively — not to mention politely — is pivotal to your professional success. The last thing you ...
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    6 Bathroom Etiquette Tips for the Office

    6 Bathroom Etiquette Tips for the Office
    You spend eight-plus hours at work every day, so you can assume that that nature will call at least once during your day. Besides your desk, the office bathroom is where you might spend the most time during the workday. Since you spend so much of your day there, the office bathroom should be a comfortable, approachable place. Make sure you ...
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    ‘Tis the Season: Dos and Don’ts of Holiday Party Etiquette

    ‘Tis the Season: Dos and Don’ts of Holiday Party Etiquette
    Whether it’s a company bash, a family gathering or a personal, after-hours shindig, it’s undeniably holiday party season. You might be gearing up for a whole slew of functions, or perhaps just one, but be sure not to leave without considering what behavior is appropriate for each. How to Dress Hostess Gifts Your Plus-One Food & Drink What to Talk ...
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    Office Bullies

    Office Bullies
    How many of you have had to deal with a bully in the workplace? Someone who is verbally abusive, demoralizing, screams and rants or belittles others… I have. The bad news is they still exist out there. The good news is people are starting to notice and realize the negative impact they have on the bottom line. This topic is of ...
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    AdminSecret's Guide to Work Happy Hour Etiquette

    AdminSecret's Guide to Work Happy Hour Etiquette
    At the end of a hellish day, it can be fun to go out and have a few with your favorite coworkers. But drinking with your office mates isn’t like drinking with your friends on the weekend. The same rules just don’t apply. No matter how laid-back your office may be, your actions always reflect on your professional persona. So what ...
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