What are your best etiquette tips for modern professionals? (Weekly Topic Inspiration)
While manners are important, many of the etiquette rules and guides we know and love do not address the complications of modern life (such as packed schedules, ubiquitous phones, and general trends toward informality). What etiquette tips do you have for people adopting to life in today’s fast-paced society? If you’d like some title ideas and group support, stop by our Weekly Topic Inspiration forum thread: http://hubpages.com/forum/topic/93659
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.
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I agree wholeheartedly with Askme.
I would add:
- Do what you say you will do or communicate to explain why this has not been possible. e.g. if you say you will write a letter or make a phone call by a certain deadline, keep to that deadline (this gives you credibility and instills confidence, as it makes you seem reliable, rather than flaky).
- Treat people with respect.
- Don't waste people's time by keeping them waiting - show that you are aware that their time is also important. Have you ever been to a hospital where everyone is given a 10.00 am appointment but you might have to wait 2 hours before you are seen? I'm not talking about Triage, which is understandable, but about bad management.
- Be polite.
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My best etiquette tip is to treat others the way you wish to be treated yourself, by that I mean with respect and by using the old rules as Askme has also mentioned.
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Please, please talk to people PERSONALLY! Especially if it's bad news, don't hide behind an email, or heaven forbid, a text! Have the courtesy at least to call: to confirm a meeting, to let someone know you're working on an issue, to say that you will be somewhere, etc. There's nothing like having a personal conversation with someone to get the job done.
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I think manners as a whole has gotten away. Techonology has given people excuses to be rude. I am not sure how we can all reel it in when the entire country are blackberry addicts. The boundaries of privacy have been lost wth facebook and twitter. The need to check our phones for mail is en epidemic. My 11 year wants to check her text messages at dinner. We banned cell phones during family dinner.
As technology improves we all learn another set of new habits and if we aren't doing the new habit, we are antiquated.
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