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When you need to get a message to a colleague, what’s your preferred mode of communication? Do you dash off an email, pick up the phone, or maybe send an instant message via the company’s intranet? A lot has changed since the era of interoffice memos, and how you choose to communicate could well be a generational choice. According to a new study from Peter W. Cardon at the University of Southern California and Bryan Marshall at Georgia College, age differences increasingly result in sharp divergences in how employees connect and correspond with one another.
Email still reigns supreme in the workplace, the authors found, but social media networks are poised to take over.
The Learning Factor's insight:
Email is still the king of office communications, but company-hosted social networking platforms are gaining in popularity, especially among younger workers.
When people ask you what you’re doing over the holidays, they typically mean outside of work. And without question, travel plans, budgeting, shopping and even weather are probably on your mind too.
But the end of the year is also a time for tasks ranging from seasonal initiatives to the work you’re expected to do day in and out (regardless of the presence of holiday music in your local stores). So, here are some easy ways to increase your focus in the office in November and December.