I think the old rules still apply. Please, thank you, welcome. Shaking hands. Introduce everyone.
With the invention of technology, we can communicate quicker but sometimes it's not always better. Hesitate before sending that email to a client when you are pissed off. Emails last forever.
- I wish people would avoid answering their cell phones when we are in a meeting. It is rude to allow a caller to take priority over all of us who are wasting our valuable time in a meeting. This is especially true if you are a vendor trying to get my business. Why the heck should I sit here while you take a call? Unless someone died, you should turn your phone off!! It is just rude, rude, rude and you just lost my business!
-If you are a vendor looking to gain my business, please DO NOT cold call me. It is okay to call on the phone or ask if you may stop by but please don't just "show up" and expect me to give you my undivided attention. Usually my day is booked in full. I rarely have time for lunch!
- Ditto with: Never play with your Blackberry when you are at a business meeting or lunch.
-For God's sake, check to be sure all the recipients to your email are actually suppose to be included. Many companies have multiple people with similar email addresses. Make sure what you are sending is suppose to be received by all.
-on the topic of emails, please read before sending. Make sure your spelling is checked and please check the tone. I hate hostile emails.
-Co-workers: If you are having marital problems, please discuss in private. I do not need to overhear all about "he said this, she said that" I am trying to work and not overhear your problems!! In this downsized workplace, the luxury of a private office is few and far between therefore, as I try to work in this cramped space, I need you to speak in your "inside voice" this is not the playground!
-On that same topic.....cussing in the office is really inappropriate especially when I am trying to conduct business on the telephone with a client. Do people really need to be told swearing is not normal office banter???
-Dressing for office. Business casual does not mean halter tops, short shorts and knee high boots UNLESS your "office" is Sunset Blvd! We are sorely in need of a class of how to dress for success. Please leave the feather boa at home unless, of course you use a pole in your office routine!
-Thank you emails are appropriate after meeting someone in business.