Q: My husband is friendly with his boss. Is it ever appropriate for us to take him and his wife to dinner? A: No, you would not issue the first invitation to them to dinner. If they invite you to an occasion you way reciprocate, but you would not be the ones to initiate a […]
Q: Is it appropriate to send a thank-you note after a phone interview for employment? A: Yes, it would be appropriate to send a thank-you note for an interview conducted by telephone, and is always recommended after any interview.
Q: Our Director of Sales has been with us for about 3 weeks. It’s time to send out the Holiday cards to our clients but he doesn’t really know them yet and some may not even know we have a new Director of Sales. Is it appropriate to enclose his business card in the Christmas […]
Q: In regards to business gift giving, is it appropriate as a group to give the boss an impressive Christmas gift ($150-$200) each year? The boss always takes these 8 people out for a holiday lunch, which is nice. But the gift to the boss seems excessive and feels awkward. A: In an office, individuals […]
Q: When meeting in a business environment, should a woman extend her hand first to shake hands, should the man be the one to extend his hand first, or does it make no difference? A: Traditionally speaking, when a woman and man were introduced, it was up to the woman to extend her hand first, […]
Q: Is it okay to send a photo greeting card of our family (my husband and I, and our two dogs) to people I work with or should I send a generic card? I have worked at this company for 4 years and have personal relationships with most of my co-workers. It is standard practice […]
Q: I am in the process of reverting back to my maiden name. At work, should I alert people ahead of time that my name will be changing? If so, what is the proper thing to do – send out an email to the people I interact with the most and let them know? A: […]
Q: There is a thirty year old woman in our office who, on most days, has 3/4 of her body exposed. The areas can be her back, legs, and usually her midriff. She is very pretty but dresses in unattractive, sloppy, revealing, and provocative clothing. A number of employees, both male and female, would really […]
Q: I work in an eight-member office made up of five support staffers and three managers. In the past we have had semi-elaborate birthday parties for each employee, and we all contribute to food, dessert, and a gift. It sometimes amounts to &15.00 per person or more per party. Since some of the employees consider […]
Q: My new employer requires ‘business formal’ attire for all meetings and conferences. I assume that this means ‘suit and tie.’ Could you please tell me the specifics for business formal? A: Business formal would be a suit, shirt, tie, socks, and polished shoes.