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by epi on September 19, 2012

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Betty September 19, 2012 at 4:57 pm

I work for a small company (under 20 employees) and a long time coworker is retiring. The company is throwing her a ‘going away lunch’ for all the employees to attend. They are paying for the food. One can assume this will not be the usual half-hour lunch most take and it could end up being 1-2 hr given the visiting etc taking place. Therefore, it came as surprise to me when management said we are to clock out for lunch because “they aren’t paying for their employees to eat”. Perhaps my work dos and don’t are off, but I would think if a lunch is considered a “work event” and the company is paying for all the food, they would cover our lunch time as well. It seems odd how they have it set up.

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Jerry September 19, 2012 at 6:40 pm

Yes, you’re right on the etiquette. There may not be any recourse for you other than (i) not attend and potentially alienate co-workers, or (ii) lose money.

Well . . . you may have one other option . . . since they are not going to pay anyone, it’s not a mandatory work event. If enough people get together and RSVP in the negative, management might capitulate. Only you can decide if it’s worth fighting this particular battle.

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Evi September 19, 2012 at 5:10 pm

I just listened to the Disney Wedding podcast today with Anna Post regarding tipping. I’m an upcoming Disney Cruise Bride and found it very informative, but also found myself with a few questions on this topic.
As a Disney Cruise bride you are purchasing into a pre assembled wedding of sorts. Where you can pick through preselected wedding options and pay accordingly. You do not have a traditional relationship with your wedding coordinator where you speak on a regular basis have a face to face meeting and go over things together. Our relationship covers more of the yes you can no you cannot aspects of my wedding. You also have two wedding coordinators. One with whom you may have a few phone conversations fill out your selected wedding choices and finalize your contract and one with whom you meet onboard to go over the wedding day plans. Also included in your package is an officiant who is usually a senior officer on board the cruise. Since beginning my cruise wedding planning I have been given a new coordinator as my previous coordinator was moved to a different position. What is the proper tipping etiquette for each of these roles?

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