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Today Is Bring Your Manners to Work Day! (PLEASE!)

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Bring Your Manners to Work Day

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Commemorated annually on the first Friday of September, the day is intended to remind employees and employers that manners matter. From talking loudly on one’s cell phone and texting during meetings to dressing inappropriately and showing up late, bad manners aren’t just bad form, their bad for business.

Because it’s statistically important to Bring Your Manners to Work every day, The Protocol School of Washington offers the following dos and don’ts:
  • * Don’t cell yell. People tend to speak three times louder on a cell phone than in person. Mind your volume.
  • * Do respect people’s personal space while on the phone. A ‘safe cell distance’ is considered to be 10 feet.
  • * Don’t check your phone during meals and meetings. Instead keep phones off or on vibrate and pay attention to and engage those around you.
  • * Do dress appropriately for the work place. In other words, save the see-through dresses, sandals with socks, Lycra bike shorts, muscle shirts, and plunging necklines for other occasions.
  • * Don’t “borrow” from other people’s desks or (dare I even say it) lunches without permission.
  • * Do clean up your messes, be it in the kitchen or at the copier, don’t expect others to clean up after you.
  • * Don’t gossip. Over-sharing about your own personal life should also be avoided.
  • * Do be on time to meetings, conference calls, and appointments.
  • * Don’t sink to someone else’s standards. Just because coworkers behave badly is not a reason for you to follow suit. Always keep your poise and do the right thing, even if you’re doing it alone. It matters and will be noticed.

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