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Office Politics

He said something to her and she said something behind his back. Then you put something in an email and included someone who shouldn't have been on there. Not only is the boss' nephew is getting the promotion you wanted, but you're pretty sure your manager is having a romantic relationship with your office rival. Welcome to the world of office politics. Thankfully, we've got articles and experts who can help you mitigate the fallout.

Office Politics Advice

  • Telephone Manners - Getting Through

    Although email and instant messaging are quickly becoming standard forms of office communication, the telephone still plays an important role in business. Just like a face-to-face meeting, telephone conversations are expected to and should … Read more...

  • Instant Messaging at Work

    "Instant messages are fantastic for finding and corralling people you need to reach instantly, or, conversely, who need to reach you," typed Boston_editor, as he fielded emails. "I find I respond more immediately to an IM than to the … Read more...

  • Language etiquette in the workplace

    Language is a tool for inclusion in culture, and in some workplaces expressions such as "Hey, hockey puck! How on top of that are you?" might easily replace "Are you on track with your deadline?" Yet it's never a good idea to suggest that … Read more...

  • What exactly is "business casual"?

    Hosts and fashion police like to throw out dress code terms and phrases as if they were an actual Thing. But most of these combinations of words are made up, virtually meaningless, just thrown together to get someone off the hook. … Read more...

  • Body Art in the Workplace

    Nearly 40 years after "flower power," body art has seen a resurgence. Men and women flaunt pierced navels at the beach, sterling silver glinting in the sun. Tattoo parlors have popped up in suburban areas in response to the demands of the … Read more...

  • Decoding the Dress Code

    It's not your parents' workplace anymore - nor their dress code. Gone are the stuffy three-piece suits and conservative skirt sets of times past, replaced with a canvas of khaki on which a world of individuality is expressed, as if to say, … Read more...

  • How to politely tell a client about a food stain on their clothing

    Couples develop sign systems so that spinach on her teeth or egg on his tie never mars an otherwise fabulous party. But what can business associates do or say - particularly with clients? Read more...

  • Cubicle Etiquette - How many photos is too many?

    If a picture is worth a thousand words, it's surely suitable for framing. But how many thousands of words should hang over your desk? And must you display the photograph of you shaking hands with the governor? Read more...

  • Dream Job: Artistic Administrator

    The compensation for Artistic Administrators is modest, salaries being typical of what a senior not-for-profit administrator would earn. Read more...

  • Interview Etiquette

    Understanding personality typing and Method acting well enough to fake being decisive yet change-friendly is one way to prepare for these trials. Another is, never let them see you eat. If they ask how many golf balls you could fit in a … Read more...