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FAL 2018

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d i v e r s i t y w o m a n . c o m Fa l l 2 0 1 8 D I V E R S I T Y W O M A N 13 ISTOCKPHOTO Upfront > The Office 9 Principles to Create and Maintain a riving Organizational Culture. Work- place relationships often depend upon collaboration, so you never want to give the impression that you don't want to hear what a colleague has to say. With that said, there's a time and a place for everything. If you're too busy to talk, gently pivot the conversation back to work, Wekelo suggests. Listen politely Chatty Coworkers Shortcuts Flying Right F or many professional women, stress is a part of the job. But business travel can make it decidedly worse: more than one-third of business travelers say traveling for work makes them more stressed than usual, accord- ing to a 2017 study by travel risk management company On Call International. Sarah Howell was traveling nearly 50 percent of the time in her job as a software training program manager when she launched her blog Road Warriorette to share what she learned about making business travel easier. Howell offers these tips for bringing those stress levels down. Pack like a pro for your next business trip Dear DW, Every time I'm making great progress on a work project, one of my coworkers will stop by my desk to chat about the most trivial things. While I like my coworkers, how can I discourage these conver- sations without hurting my workplace relation- ships? Signed, Rather Be Silent Sandy Dear Rather Be Silent Sandy, If you're up against a deadline, it's un- derstandable that you don't have time for a recap from last night's episode of e Bachelor. However, "you don't want people to think you're being rude," says Kerry Alison Wekelo, human resources expert and author of Culture Infusion: for a couple of minutes, then let your coworker know that you have a deadline or deliverable you're working on. Be specific. For example, you might say, "at's so interesting. I'd love to hear more but I need to prepare for a meeting later today." en suggest that the two of you grab coffee and finish the conversation later, Wekelo says. If your coworker can't take the hint, excuse yourself to go to the restroom and give the col- league time to find another mark. Wearing a headset—even if there's nothing playing in your ears— may discourage coworkers from coming over to chat. But don't do that too often, Wekelo warns, or you might give the impression that you're unapproachable. e key is to create opportunities to socialize and get to know coworkers without disrupting the most productive part of your day. As Wekelo says, "It's about keeping accountability for how your day is going." Build a capsule wardrobe. Worried that you don't have enough outfits for the trip? Gather 10 pieces that can be mixed and matched. "Generally, I start with two or three pairs of pants or skirts, a dress, four tops, and maybe two cardigans or blazers, depending on how formal I need to be. You can make upward of 40 combinations with those clothes," Howell says. Use packing cubes. Avoid dragging multiple bags through the airport by using packing cubes to fit more into your luggage. That way, you can also avoid checking your bags. "If you don't have to check your bag, that can save anywhere from five minutes—if you're in a small, empty airport— to an hour," Howell says. Pack healthy snacks. The high stress of business travel can make comfort foods enticing. Ward off unhealthy binging by pack- ing granola bars (buy those without added sugar), almonds, and other nutri- tious snacks. "When you eat better, you feel better," Howell says. "When you're on the road for work, you don't have time to not feel good."

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