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Introduction to Business Etiquette

Updated on August 31, 2014
I did not make or take this photo. I found it online.
I did not make or take this photo. I found it online.

Etiquette is usually considered the acceptable or conventional manner of acting in a professional or non-professional circumstances. It is the proper way of conducting oneself in response to a situation and the surrounding people in that situation (, 2013).

In the business world, it is especially useful to have a working knowledge of proper etiquette in various settings. While most potential employers are quickly swayed in favor of a person when their first impressions involve well-spoken conversations in open social settings, or a shared meal with someone well versed in dining etiquette, proper etiquette doesn’t stop there.

Once a job is obtained, it is important to always be aware of the proper way to handle ‘Around the Office’ situations. How does one keep conference calls and e-mails proper when writing to other business professionals? Questions like these are why we need a working knowledge of technological etiquette. What if that e-mail happens to be going to someone from a different culture. A bit of research on some Cross-Cultural etiquette wouldn’t hurt either.

Of course these aren’t the only important circumstances in which etiquette should be reflected. Take a business lunch for example. A patron might want to know some eating utensil etiquette before stopping by one of the nicest restaurants in town.

References (2013). Etiquette. Retrieved from, LLC:

Note: APA references should also have hanging indents but if Hubpages allows that, I don't know how to do it.

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