Sometimes I find myself wondering, “exactly what is appropriate now?” Doesn’t it seem that the rules of being social – especially in a professional setting – have changed?
Observing others we can easily fall prey to thinking, “everyone’s doing it,” or, “no one does that anymore, times have changed,” etc.
With our professional lives and our social lives so intertwined and both shared via social media for all to see, it’s easy to think that anything goes and “etiquette” is a thing of the past. Simply not true.
I’ve talked with hiring managers and they confirm that people lose out on professional opportunities because they don’t understand (or accept!) that etiquette rules in business are still important – and that they can differ from those of purely social settings.
New Jersey based Barbara Pachter is a Business Etiquette expert who stresses that people can lose out on professional opportunities because they don’t understand that etiquette rules in business are still important – and that they differ from those in other settings.
This post gives you a quick chart of some do’s and don’ts. Admittedly, some of these “rules” seem common sense, but unfortunately, we live in an era where common sense is not necessarily common practice…
Here are three absolute, fundamental basics!
Dress appropriately for the event, meeting or restaurant. Research may be required – do your homework!
Stay sober Do not get drunk at business-social activities. Jobs have been lost and careers ruined because people got drunk and said or did things that were inappropriate.
Control your exit. Have “exit lines” prepared to be able to leave a conversation politely and graciously. This is easier to do when you are the one talking. At that point, you are in control and can typically manage a smooth exit.
Do the following to appear polished and professional:
Don’t succumb to these: