From the category archives:

Business

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 […]

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Employee Birthdays: Keeping the cost down

by epi on October 23, 2013

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 […]

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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.

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Q: A colleague comes into my office to confidentially discuss his job duties and ask for advice on handling a personnel situation. Before I realize it he gives me a ‘juicy bit of gossip’ on our mutual supervisor. I realize that this is explosive information and I would not repeat the same for it may […]

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Etiquette BitesTM are quick video tips on Etiquette, Lifestyle, and Relationships from The Emily Post Institute. Each bite features a Post family author offering words of advice in their area of expertise. In two minutes or less, Etiquette Bites provide the knowledge you need to mind your manners in a variety of everyday situations. In […]

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Q: I recently tried on an purchased clothing at a retail store. As I left the fitting room, I left some tried-on and rejected clothing in the room. The sales associate on the floor questioned me about it and indicated with a wave of her hand that I should bring the clothes out and place […]

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Thank-You Notes: Be Remembered, Not Deleted

by epi on September 30, 2013

Etiquette BitesTM are quick video tips on Etiquette, Lifestyle, and Relationships from The Emily Post Institute. Each bite features a Post family author offering words of advice in their area of expertise. In two minutes or less, Etiquette Bites provide the knowledge you need to mind your manners in a variety of everyday situations. In […]

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Let It Ring: How to handle a busy help desk

by epi on September 26, 2013

Q: We have a busy help desk where we have customers visiting and phoning during the day. We have voicemail installed on the phone which kicks in after 4 rings. When dealing with a customer directly and the phone rings what should we do, continue dealing with the face-to-face customer or answer the phone? A: […]

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Q: When I was much younger my mother always taught me that it was necessary to wear nylons and slips with skirts and heels. I am just now entering the business world and have seen mixed things–some women wear nylons but some do not. Is it considered inappropriate or ‘sloppy’ to wear a skirt and […]

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Q: A group of co-workers and I have agreed to do lunch periodically. During the initial lunch gathering, I had a great time–that is, until the check arrived. None of us had asked for separate checks, so I figured that we’d each pay for our individual orders. Before I could pay the waiter for my […]

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