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    How to Avoid Gossip and Stay Popular

    How to Avoid Gossip and Stay Popular
    Gossip is and will always be a part of the work environment. Whether it’s during a quick chat over a morning cup of coffee or a marathon session at happy hour, we’ve all started or repeated a rumor about someone in their absence. In fact, employees gossip up to sixty-five hours a year at work, according to a July 2002 survey ...
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    Embarrassing Moments at Work: How to Recover

    Embarrassing Moments at Work: How to Recover
    Years later, I still remember that sinking feeling, just after I'd hit the Send button after writing an email complaining about an editor. My worst virtual fear was quickly confirmed: Yes, I had sent my bit of snark to the editor instead of my friend--and no, the editor wasn't amused. Although he initially refused to work with me again, he eventually ...
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    When the Sound of Your Mouse Isn't the Only "Clique" In the Office

    When the Sound of Your Mouse Isn't the Only "Clique" In the Office
    We had to go through it in elementary school, being the last one picked for the team. We had to go through it in high school, being excluded from the all important “popular group”. What about at work? Is there an exclusive group at the office where others are not welcome, also known as the clique? How do you know if ...
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    Don't Be Afraid to Ask About Differences

    Don't Be Afraid to Ask About Differences
    Diversity scares many people. They are too afraid to ask questions about differences, such as a person's culture or background. They may be worried about appearing nosy or patronizing, or are downright terrified of offending colleagues. Asking about differences is fine. In fact, it is an excellent way to learn about the diversity around you, to communicate respect for others and ...
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    Top 5 Business Manners that Truly Matter

    Top 5 Business Manners that Truly Matter
    The knowledge of business etiquette applies to all, whether you’re a successful business executive or a recent college graduate just entering the business world. We can all use gentle reminders of how to behave appropriately in our day-to-day business life. There may be times when you find the adage true that “you don’t know what you don’t know”, so it behooves ...
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    How to Help a Coworker with a Drinking Problem

    How to Help a Coworker with a Drinking Problem
    The head of my team is an alcoholic. His condition is worsening and his unreliability is affecting the reputation of the team and increasing our workload. With Christmas approaching, the situation can only get worse. What can we do as our previously successful team is falling apart? This is one of the toughest issues one can face at work - what ...
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    Navigate Company Events - How to Have Fun When It's Not Strictly Social

    Navigate Company Events - How to Have Fun When It's Not Strictly Social
    Whether it's a formal office party your boss hosts or a casual barbecue at a coworker's house, a work-related social gathering isn't strictly social. The impression you make at the event will impact your job - for better or, potentially, for worse. "These [people] aren't your friends; they're your colleagues," stresses Marjorie Brody, founder of Brody Communications and author of Professional ...
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    Workplace Friendships: Asset or Liability?

    Workplace Friendships: Asset or Liability?
    Few would dispute the power that a true friendship has to enrich our lives. But what role should friendship play in the workplace? Is it smarter to keep your personal and professional lives separate or to purposely seek out and cultivate friendships on the job? The Pros and Cons Dr. Jan Yager, author of Friendshifts: The Power of Friendship and How ...
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    ‘Tis the Season: Dos and Don’ts of Holiday Party Etiquette

    ‘Tis the Season: Dos and Don’ts of Holiday Party Etiquette
    Whether it’s a company bash, a family gathering or a personal, after-hours shindig, it’s undeniably holiday party season. You might be gearing up for a whole slew of functions, or perhaps just one, but be sure not to leave without considering what behavior is appropriate for each. How to Dress Hostess Gifts Your Plus-One Food & Drink What to Talk ...
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    More Important Than the Holiday Party

    More Important Than the Holiday Party
    The number of companies holding holiday parties is at 20-year low, according to a recent survey from executive-search firm Battalia Winston. But whether you're simply canceling a party, holding a potluck instead, or moving forward with your company's tradition, it's the unexpected gestures that will help you retain and motivate your staff over the long run. Consider these three suggestions you ...
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    Email Etiquette: How to Write it Right

    Email Etiquette: How to Write it Right
    If you’ve ever begged IT to stop a sent email in its tracks, or wasted an entire morning sifting through an unruly inbox, it might just be time for an email refresher course. In this age of BlackBerry-toting professionals connected by email around globe, it's crucial to abide by the written (and unwritten) rules of email communications. You don’t want to ...
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    China Etiquette Guide

    China Etiquette Guide
    The great paradox of modern political reality: How can China, the world's largest communist nation, also be the world's largest consumer market? Easy: When it is also the society most experienced in manipulating symbols based on ancient traditions that emphasize integrating potentially conflicting opposites into a harmonized whole. Communicating in China, therefore, means employing symbols, reducing text and mastering implied meanings ...
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    French Etiquette Guide

    French Etiquette Guide
    Americans and the French have had a complex relationship that began when contemporary American and French revolutionaries fueled each other's revolutions. Like an old married couple, they have influenced each other, lived with each other and complained about each other for years. The French are not an unfriendly, cold or arrogant people. This complaint is a misperception of a behavior found ...
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    Japanese Etiquette Guide

    Japanese Etiquette Guide
    Japan is a place of many rigid, often hard-to-understand customs. The norm is for men to work hard and for women, who often face workplace discrimination, to be deferential at all times. Both sexes are expected to bow - literally - to authority figures. And even though it's illegal, discrimination on the basis of ethnicity does exist here, particularly if you ...
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    Office Best Friend? Dogs at Work...

    Sheba the pug isn't a lawyer, but she might as well be. The pugnacious pup is official mascot and greeter at Justia.com, a startup that creates Web sites for attorneys. Sheba licks visitors, barks her opinion on conference calls and tags along on sales calls. A true dog-commer, she even has her own blog, HugPug.com. Says proud papa CEO Tim Stanley, ...
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    Holiday Card Help

    Holiday Card Help
    When Nevada Title Co. wanted to send a truly memorable holiday card to its clients, it sponsored a contest for the students of a local elementary school to design the card, says Patti Speer, an executive assistant with the Las Vegas-based firm. Speer addresses every card she sends by hand to ensure that recipients "feel really appreciated for their business," she ...
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    Admins Must Have the 'Write' Stuff

    Admins Must Have the 'Write' Stuff
    "Our admins are lifelines that feed us our most vital information and keep our responsibilities and resources coordinated," says Marc Wright, founder and principal of Martinez & Wright Homeownership Partners in Los Angeles. "If they give us messages that are unclear or inaccurate, we're going to end up as someone else's lunch." With email being the preferred mode of business communication ...
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    Make or Break Your Career Over Lunch

    Make or Break Your Career Over Lunch
    You’d think it would be easy. At lunchtime you get hungry, so you grab some food and go on with your workday. However, lunch at work is rarely that simple. What you eat, where you eat and whom you eat with are all things your coworkers are paying attention to. This doesn’t mean every lunch has to be a pressure-packed situation, ...
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    AdminSecret's Guide to Work Happy Hour Etiquette

    AdminSecret's Guide to Work Happy Hour Etiquette
    At the end of a hellish day, it can be fun to go out and have a few with your favorite coworkers. But drinking with your office mates isn’t like drinking with your friends on the weekend. The same rules just don’t apply. No matter how laid-back your office may be, your actions always reflect on your professional persona. So what ...
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    Meet Our Newest Writer: Etiquette Consultant Beth Taber

    Meet Our Newest Writer: Etiquette Consultant Beth Taber
    “There are hundreds of languages in the world, but a smile speaks them all.” - Anonymous When you hear the word “etiquette”, do you conjure up visions of stuffy, condescending characters behaving in antiquated ways, not particularly appropriate to the way you see life being lived today? Maybe your vision comes complete with a black and white movie set? I can ...
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