Terms of Non-Endearment and, Dude, Breaking the Rules (Customer Service Rules)

I was in the self checkout line at my neighborhood grocery store when one of the checkers came up and said, “Did you find everything, Hoss?” Did he really call me “Hoss”? Yes, he did. We’ve all had other people call us by various names, including Sweetie, Buddy, Pal, Young Man, Young Lady, Dude, Bud, …

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Understanding the Business in Addition to the Technology

In last week’s blog post, we discussed the importance of understanding the business processes within the organizations where we work. As IT professionals, we are responsible for supporting successful communication and collaboration between the people in our workplace. We are responsible for helping our sisters and brothers in every department work together more creatively, effectively, …

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IT’s Role Within an Organization

The functional perspective of sociology says that each part of society contributes to the stability and operation of society as a whole. The organization where you work is much the same. Each department contributes to the success or otherwise of the entire organization. Within an organization, you could find a sales and marketing department, an …

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The Same Human Relations Concepts Apply

How to Communicate Successfully Using Email

Email is often the most commonly used form of communication for support professionals. Email is a one-dimensional form of communication which, although efficient, fails to account for human emotions as a vital component of communication. (Other forms of written communication including texting, instant messaging, and even old-fashioned paper letter writing suffer from the same limitation.) …

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