Promoting Respectful Cell Phone Use in the Workplace

By | 2017-01-13T13:42:01+00:00 September 12th, 2013|Categories: Respectful Workplace|Tags: |

** Editor's note: This new series features answers to the most commonly asked workplace etiquette questions. With the persistence of technology in our everyday lives, what can we do about the person who constantly checks their phone during conversations, meetings, etc?  Sadly, we are becoming addicted to our cell phones. These new devices, like any [...]

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Respect and the Communal Kitchen

By | 2017-01-13T13:42:02+00:00 August 8th, 2013|Categories: Respectful Workplace|Tags: |

** Editor's note: This new series features answers to the most commonly asked workplace etiquette questions. How do you handle a situation in the workplace involving someone who brings in a stinky lunch or who does not clean the communal kitchen space?  Strange as this question may seem to many people because the answer lies [...]

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How to Respectfully Handle Smoking in the Workplace

By | 2017-01-13T13:42:02+00:00 July 11th, 2013|Categories: Respectful Workplace|Tags: |

** Editor's note: This new series features answers to the most commonly asked workplace etiquette questions. Now that most, if not all, workplaces have banned smoking, what is the etiquette around taking smoke breaks at work or being respectful to non-smokers?  Smoking policies in the workplace are usually very clear and are written in policy [...]

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How to Make A Respectful Introduction

By | 2017-01-13T13:42:03+00:00 June 13th, 2013|Categories: Respectful Workplace|Tags: |

Establishing workplace relationships is critical to the success of any company – large or small. Being able to make a memorable (for a good reason) introduction is your ticket to such opportunities. Although being nervous or enervated, when meeting new clients is usual, there is a distinct difference between angst and 'the force.' Making a [...]

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Look ‘em in the Eye

By | 2017-01-13T13:42:03+00:00 May 16th, 2013|Categories: Respectful Workplace|Tags: |

Eye contact is the single most important part of making a proper introduction. The eyes are the portals to the soul. There is very little as revealing as the first eye contact we make with any other living being, including dogs, small children, and potential clients. A smile attached to that first glance speaks volumes. [...]

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A Good Handshake Instills Confidence

By | 2017-01-13T13:42:03+00:00 April 11th, 2013|Categories: Respectful Workplace|Tags: |

The first physical contact people have with one another is a handshake. The messages conveyed in a simple handshake can be complex and very revealing even in their subliminal subtleties. Ideally a handshake involves one hand from each person. The web of each hand meets followed by a firm grip and two or three up [...]

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Respectful Phone and Email Etiquette

By | 2017-01-13T13:42:06+00:00 January 17th, 2013|Categories: Respectful Workplace|Tags: |

Fundamentally there is no difference between the etiquette of handling a cell phone than there is a land line. Nor is there any difference between an email and a posted letter except for the speed of delivery. When you receive any phone message, you should return it as quickly as possible, although a phone message should [...]

Respectful Meeting Etiquette

By | 2017-01-13T13:42:07+00:00 December 13th, 2012|Categories: Respectful Workplace|Tags: |

Meetings are a usual workplace activity, sometimes occurring on a daily basis. Time is a precious commodity during the workday and efficient use of it during meetings is essential. Here are some key pieces of advice to enhance your professionalism at business meetings. Dress appropriately. Professional appearance is crucial to the tone of the meeting. [...]

Dealing with Customers and Clients Respectfully

By | 2017-01-13T13:42:07+00:00 November 15th, 2012|Categories: Respectful Workplace|Tags: |

Customers come in all shapes, sizes, and attitudes. Unfortunately so do the people businesses choose to put on the front lines of customer service. How well we make these choices has an enormous impact on our company’s reputation and bottom line. Because we conduct business with humans and not machines (usually), we are subject to [...]

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