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Business

Q: Are cutsie or trendy hats considered proper attire for offices or are they off limits inside the workplace? I work in an office and we have a very casual dress code, but we still try to dress differently than the people in my department. What would be the correct ruling on this? A: One […]

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Q: As an Assistant, I was asked to bring in tea to a conference room. I had no tray, just a hot water container, cups and tea. I clumsily brought it into the room and set it on the credenza at the back of the room. The guests were already sitting at the table. I […]

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Q: When sending an e-mail invitation for a meeting to employees, how far in advance should they receive the invitation. Example: Let’s say the meeting is March 13th – when should the e-mail invite have been sent. Thanks in advance for your help! A: It’s best to give as much advance notice as possible. A […]

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Q: Recently I was attending a business dinner with about 30 people in our party. I thought the proper etiquette for when I could start eating in a group this large, was when the person to my right and left were both served, it was OK to begin. As I started to eat, another person […]

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Q: Hi, our question is about a co-worker, who we all love and care about, who is getting married in April. She and her fiance are having a private wedding, in the Dominican Republic. . There is no family attending at their request. This is her fourth wedding and his second. What we are wondering […]

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Q: I work in an office with five support staffers including me, and four managers.  We have a long-held tradition of acknowledging birthdays with a small celebration in the office including cake and a gift.  One of the support staff joined us only recently and we learned that her religion prevents her from celebrating birthdays.  […]

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Q: When going to a business lunch, who should pay?  I requested a meeting with our law firm to discuss issues and they suggested we meet over lunch.     A: Unfortunately, there is no “correct” answer.  It could be argued that since you requested the meeting, you should pay.  On the other hand, since […]

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Q: On which side of the chest should you display your name tag?     A: Although it is easier for right-handed people to put a name badge on the left side, they correctly are worn on the right side.  This is so the person shaking hands or greeting has easy eye contact with both […]

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Q: How can I handle disruptive behavior in a business meeting?  In addition, how do I handle theses same behaviors, such as side conversations, in a work setting?     A: In general, the person running the meeting would politely ask that person to stop.  For example, “John, I would appreciate your attention.”  If someone […]

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Q: A co-worker is leaving after 8 years of employment. She has requested that a farewell party not be held in her honor. Instead, co-workers have decided to take her out to dinner. Her boss has decided that a farewell party will be held during office hours. Can she refuse to attend? A: There is […]

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