From the category archives:


Q: When I travel for abroad for business, I think it is important to be aware of differences in customary greetings. Do you have any suggestions or resources where I could find some quick tips for greetings in different parts of the world? A: You are correct! It is very important to be aware of […]

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Cubicle Courtesy: What is that smell?

by epi on July 8, 2013

Q: One of my coworkers always brings lunch from home or leaves to pick something up from a nearby restaurant. Most of us will go to the cafeteria in our office building to buy or eat our lunch, but he brings a packed meal every day and heats it up in the kitchen in our […]


Vow Renewals

by Daniel Post Senning on July 4, 2013

Q: My supervisor at work is renewing his wedding vows. I have became friends with my supervisor and he is like a mentor to me. My question is, is it appropriate to give a gift for a vow renewal, and second is it appropriate for me to send a gift to my supervisor? I received […]


Vacation Preparation: Before you go

by epi on July 2, 2013

Q: When I go on vacation and am out of the office, I always worry about someone forgetting that I am away and not being able to respond to their email quickly enough. Aside from putting it on my work calendar and notifying my colleagues, what can I do? A: Don’t let emails that arrive […]


Q: My boss always gives me a gift at the holidays. Should I give him one, too? A: Generally, no. It could be perceived as trying to curry a favor. However, a joint gift from you and other employees that isn’t too expensive or personal is OK. Or, if you’ve been working with your boss […]


Q: A co-worker that I am friendly with recently lost his job. The company is downsizing, but I am unsure about the reasons behind his specific termination. I don’t want to assume and most importantly I don’t want to offend him by saying the wrong thing. How do I approach this situation? A: Be sympathetic, […]


Group Gifts: Writing the thank-you note

by epi on June 10, 2013

Q: The people in my office recently held a baby shower for me after work. They gave me a collective gift. How do I write a thank-you note? A: It’s okay to write a collective note for a joint gift, especially when there have been many people involved – say, more than three. (If only […]


The Emily Post Institute has partnered with Bank of America to talk about all the ways good etiquette can work with new technology to improve relationships and help people reconnect this summer. June is here and the 4th of July is just around the corner. Summer is a great time to reconnect with the people […]


Q: I was recently invited to lunch with a business associate. I arrived before he did and had the restaurant staff seat me. Should I have waited for my host? A: In business settings, it’s best to wait for the host in the lobby or waiting area rather than at the table. That will allow […]


Q: Last night, my department was taken out to dinner by a professional contact. I am new to the company, and have the role as Senior Manager of the department. One of my employees ordered many drinks, an appetizer, an expensive meal (which was only half eaten) and then was the only person at the […]