Workplace relationships

Use information and stakeholder relationships to benefit from office politics

01 Jun, 2020 Annual communication plans, Interpersonal communication, Reputation, trust, stakeholder relations, Workplace relationships

Many people hate office politics. But staying out of office politics may hold back your career. You can see what happens when someone doesn’t play the game sufficiently – they lose influence and credibility. Probably you know people who have made that mistake. As a communicator, especially if you are head of the communication function, you are responsible for building productive relationships throughout the office so you can influence people beyond your formal area ...

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Quick tips for managing your boss

01 Jun, 2020 Managing upwards, PR management, Workplace relationships

Making a point of getting noticed by those who count is a career-enhancing move because their views will no doubt positively influence the boss as well. Being recognized as being good at the job is the best way to be noticed. Effective communicators find ways for their strengths, abilities and willingness to make the extra effort to be seen by those who count. You should seek your boss’s opinion. Present proposals so your boss ...

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Help to maximize the positive experiences of new employees

01 Jun, 2020 Careers, Employee engagement, experience, satisfaction, Workplace relationships

Good employers recognize the importance of attracting the best talent – and keeping these good people. They understand that the costs of poor recruitment and retention are heavy. Therefore many organizations take an enlightened approach to their new employees. One of the keys is to communicate well with new arrivals. PR can work closely with HR to make new arrivals feel welcome. Some organizations establish a formal process of ‘re-recruiting’ new employees to accelerate ...

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How to get good project outcomes when you are not the boss

01 Jun, 2020 Project management, Workplace relationships

PR professionals are involved in a wide range of projects that require planning, coordination and implementation with others. This usually means working with inter-departmental or cross-functional team members. One of the most common problems arising in such projects is how to lead or shape the project when you have no formal power or authority over the other team members.

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Your gratitude wins trust and respect from others

01 Jun, 2020 Workplace relationships

By respecting other individuals, you gain their trust and respect in return. Not only does your attitude lift them, but it also lifts you. Your respect can be shown in various ways. You can actively listen to others, you can thank people for their work at a personal level, you can recognize their work at an organizational level, you can be polite to others, and you can model good behavior as an example to ...

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Increase your power within the organization

01 Jun, 2020 Careers, Persuasion, influence, motivation, Workplace relationships

If you are like most people, you dislike having to play the political ‘game’ in your organization. However, organizations exist through the interdependent cooperation of the employees, and therefore the ability to get things done requires you to develop interpersonal skills so you can handle power and the capacity to influence those on whom you depend, ie the politics involved in the job. The blunt truth is that if you fail in this effort, ...

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Use small talk with the big boss to enhance your career

01 Jun, 2020 Workplace relationships

Most employees dread the thought of having to make small talk with top executives. Small talk is conversation for its own sake – a bonding activity intended mostly to make people feel more comfortable with you. The ability to make small talk is a social skill that helps in building relationships. But what about making small talk with your top boss or CEO or a key client? Don’t dread the thought of making a ...

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