Our Corporate Life
May 28, 2013   •   Volume 4, Issue 11   •   ISSN: 2154-3240    
In This Issue
♦   Feature Article: Decency at Work
Ask Amanda: Do I have to attend my boss’s summer party?
♦   Practical Tips: Business Etiquette
Decency at Work

One casualty of our over-stimulated, stressed-out times is basic decency toward others. There is often so much pressure to achieve our work goals that we don’t consider how we interact—and what our actions lead others to conclude about us. It’s all about getting things done.

How often have you been asked, “How are you?” knowing that the other person didn’t even register your response? Or been in a check-out line where the cashier didn’t acknowledge you other than to tell you the amount owed? Or were speaking with someone when their phone rang and they took it out and checked it without batting an eye? Do you to want to work with people who treat others this way?
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Thought to Ponder

Getting started is better than being ready.

Practical Tips:
Business Etiquette

Avoid work-related faux pas by being aware of the messages you’re sending.

Be present.
Stay engaged, attentive, and focused instead of constantly checking your phone or email. Where you put your attention sends a message to others.

Debrief in confidence.
Avoid the temptation to rehash a meeting on the way back to your office. You never know who is listening or what conclusions they’ll draw.
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 ask Amanda

I'm relatively new to my company. Every summer the head of our group has a party at her Shore house. I'd rather spend my free time with my friends. Do I have to go? D.N., Plainsboro, NJ

Amanda Mitchell

In a word, yes. Your absence will be construed as indifference—or worse. Office outings are great for getting to know—and becoming known by—your coworkers as an actual person and not just someone they have to deal with at the office.
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