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Speaking Your Mind at Work: A Primer

April 2019 Bar Bulletin

By Karen Sutherland

Do you speak your mind at work? Do those around you? This article explores how and when to speak your mind in the workplace.

Understanding the Workplace’s Communication Expectations

Every workplace has rules about speaking your mind. Some of them are in the employee handbook. Most of them aren’t. 

Before speaking your mind, it helps to know if you’re breaking a rule — written or unwritten — because that can affect how your message is perceived. It also helps to know what is considered “normal” in your workplace before you speak up so that you can calibrate your message accordingly. 

There are several steps...

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