Author Archives: Corie Russell

Office Etiquette: Vacation Time

Office Etiquette: Vacation Time

Americans are known for their hard work and ambition, yet are also known for their inability to relax and take vacation days. According to a 2007 survey by employment firm Hudson, more than half of American workers fail to take all their vacation days. And when they do, their work travels with them via BlackBerrys, iPhones and laptops. So next time you’re feeling frazzled at the thought of leaving the office for a few days, follow these rules to smooth the transition from work to play: More »

Office Etiquette: First Impressions

Office Etiquette: First Impressions

First impressions are often made within seconds, and if that first meeting doesn’t go well it can take lots of time and effort to reverse (if ever reversed at all). That’s why it’s particularly important in a business setting to make a great first impression. Otherwise, getting ahead in your career could be an uphill battle. Here are some tips for making a remarkable first impression in person and via e-mail. More »

Office Etiquette: Dating Your Co-worker

Office Etiquette: Dating Your Co-worker

With so much time spent at the office – sometimes more than at home – it’s no wonder work romances bloom in the cubicles. Dating a co-worker is convenient and intrigues those who get a thrill from having to sneak around. The secret you share intensifies the romance and intimacy, which convinces you it’s the best dating decision you ever made. But if you’re not careful, it can be the stupidest thing you ever do to your career. More »

Office Etiquette: Working From Home

Office Etiquette: Working From Home

We’ve all dreamed about ditching the cubicle and working from home in our pajamas, nestled under the covers. If you’re among the lucky people who have experienced this joy, you know that it can also have its downfalls (e.g. neglecting to brush your teeth until noon). Whether you’re a seasoned telecommuter or just interested in knowing more about working from home, here are some basic rules to follow: More »

Office Etiquette: Inappropriate Workplace Topics You Should Avoid

Office Etiquette: Inappropriate Workplace Topics You Should Avoid

Unsure what topics are appropriate to discuss at work? A subject that could start a debate or invoke strong emotions (like politics or religion) is never a good one. But there are lesser-known topics to avoid, such as your career goals and your health. Here’s a list of offenders:

  1. Your health. No one wants to hear about the bunion on your foot, how many times you barfed last night, or the unfortunate news your gynecologist delivered. If you are legitimately sick and must take time off work, then of course you must vaguely discuss your health situation with your supervisor. Vivid details, however, are unnecessary. Talking too much about your health may lead supervisors to think your illness will inhibit your workplace abilities.

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Office Etiquette: Avoid Style Blunders at Work

Office Etiquette: Avoid Style Blunders at Work

Work is a great place to look professional and classy, but it’s also a place where you can look trashy if you’re not careful. This is because the same fashion rules don’t apply in and out of the office, and even small style blunders can give coworkers the wrong impression about your abilities as an employee. To avoid an unprofessional reputation, steer clear of these fashion faux pas:

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Office Etiquette: The Rules Of Twitter

Office Etiquette: The Rules Of Twitter

It seems like everyone tweets these days, but are we tweeting in good taste? Obviously, from recent events, you know that the answer is clearly no. If you’re using Twitter to build your brand or business, etiquette rules must be kept in mind. Here are some basic do’s and don’ts:

  1. Don’t just talk about yourself. Even though everyone is ultimately using Twitter to promote themselves, it’s important to at least pretend to care about other people. In addition to self-promoting, you should also spend time tweeting about other people’s businesses and asking questions to fellow tweeters. Post useful information and links, and engage readers in conversation. Spend lots of time reading other tweets and building relationships.

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Office Etiquette: Business Cards

Office Etiquette: Business Cards

A business card is more than just a piece of paper – it’s part of your professional brand and identity. That’s why it’s crucial to distribute your cards in the politest way possible. Believe it or not, even a simple act like exchanging business cards calls for proper etiquette. Here are some tips for effectively marketing yourself without offending anyone:
1. Distribute high-quality business cards. Flimsy cards look unprofessional and tatter easily. Most companies print their business cards on sturdy paper stock, but self-employed individuals must order or produce business cards themselves – so do your research before ordering yours to ensure they aren’t thin or visually displeasing. In addition, keep your cards in a safe place like a card holder to prevent covering them in pen ink, lipstick, Cheetos crumbs, pieces of static-filled tampon wrappers, or any other nastiness lurking in your purse. More »

Office Etiquette: Business Meetings

Office Etiquette: Business Meetings

Have you ever updated your Facebook status during a business meeting? What about forgotten your handouts for a presentation? Or dozed off a little while your boss was talking? (Come on, admit it!) It may seem harmless, but these actions could make you look as immature as a hung over college intern. To maintain your professionalism during a business meeting, follow these points:
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