Ten Tips for Surviving the Holiday Office Party

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It’s inevitable—the annual holiday office party. You can pretty much count on it every year. This year approximately 75% of bosses are planning to treat their employees to what they deem to be a festive celebration. For some, this is a much anticipated and eagerly awaited event. For others, not so much. They would rather

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Should You Talk Politics at the Holiday Dinner?

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It goes without saying that this has been a difficult year with a contentious presidential primary. You probably thought that peace would be restored once the election process was final. Wrong. In many ways, it has only gotten worse.  Do you dare talk politics during this holiday season? Before the election, there were those who

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Etiquette and Good Manners Post Election 2016

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After what has been the most divisive and disgraceful presidential primary in modern times, if not ever, when all sense of human kindness, courtesy, etiquette and good manners have been abandoned, we are coming to the end. By that I mean the end of the primary; certainly not the end of the election. Tuesday the

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Good Manners Equal Good Customer Service

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Do you think that good manners and customer service are one and the same?  If you answered “yes”, you’re right.  Isn’t it amazing how many people don’t seem to understand that today? Everywhere you turn, there is someone with a horror story about customer service. Any businessperson who doesn’t believe that good customer relations are

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Email Etiquette – When Will We Ever Learn?

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One of my favorite TV show is NCIS. My attraction is more to the characters than the plot. I am particularly fascinated with Leroy Jethro Gibbs and his 50 or so "rules." In case you do not know, Rule #1 is "Never let suspects stay together." That has nothing to do with email etiquette, but

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Etiquette for How Long You Should Wait When Meeting Someone

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 My rule of thumb for how long you should wait for someone who is late is 25 to 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, you can move on with your day or evening. At that point this is pretty much a no-show. The length of time you should wait is no different for family or friends

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The Etiquette of Sympathy: When a Colleague or Client Suffers a Loss

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When a colleague, co-worker or business associate loses a family member, do you find yourself stuck on the etiquette of sympathy? Do you wonder how you should handle this kind of situation?  Do you worry that you will use the wrong words or that you will intrude on the other person’s grief? As a result,

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Email Management – Reduce What You Receive

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 I am thrilled to welcome as my guest blogger this week, Melissa Gratias, productivity expert. It is no mystery why I was drawn to her. Who among us could not benefit from her skills, especially when it comes to managing our email? I am confident you will find her blog immensely helpful as you try

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