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While the timing and severity of cold and flu season vary across the country, people are affected by the common cold all year long
While you are protecting your own health, displaying proper etiquette when you aren’t feeling well shows that you are also considerate of the health of those around you. To avoid getting negative reactions from others for a sneeze, runny nose or a bad cough, we have gathered a few etiquette tips to help with allergies and the common cold: Sneeze into your left elbow, not your hand
– Avoid shaking hands with someone if you are sick or have allergies
– Wash and sanitize your hands frequently
– It is appropriate to stay home if needed
– Avoid sharing food, utensils, and glassware
Colds are very common and can happen at any given time, and any season. Be sure to be prepared and keep these tips in mind to avoid spreading germs.
This interaction prompted a very important message that we would like to share with our readers. We want to take verbal communications back to the basics, and use this opportunity as a moment to explore “The Art of Conversation.” Conversation is a skill; it’s a verbal “interaction” between parties. Although it seems to be a rather simple topic; one that I’m sure most of us feel we may be pretty good at, I’m sure we violate artful conversation techniques quite often. (more…)
Getting a promotion to a position of leadership is a great achievement, but as you transition from being a member of a group of coworkers to becoming the boss of that same group, things can get tricky, to say the least. This is particularly true if you have personal friendships with your new group of subordinates. You don’t want to suddenly turn your back on your buddies, but it’s important to explain to them that you are now in a different role and it’s not personal. The true professionals among them will understand. Don’t let those who resent you in your new role hurt your feelings or dissuade you assuming your new role.
When one of your coworkers becomes the boss, respect his or her new position. It’s fine to continue to be friendly with them, but don’t expect them to “pal around” with you as they once did. Continuing such fraternizing could easily put both of you in an awkward position. Let them know that you understand their new role, and you’ll do everything you can to make the transition as painless and as possible.
Be Aware of Company Policies The company may have some policies regarding the relationships between supervisors and their subordinates. Learn what those policies are and follow them to a T.
Being late can have serious consequences for your professional reputation, your brand, your business, and even your health! But what can you do about it? I have a few suggestions on how to handle yourself if you find yourself in this unfortunate situation. Comment below if you have ever found yourself in a similar situation, and let us know how you handled it.
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Christmas…… the special time when we cherish the gift of giving. This holiday gives us the opportunity to show our appreciation to loved ones through gifts to brighten their Christmas. Not only are the receivers of the gifts anxious about what’s under the wrapping paper, but the gift givers are also anxious to see the reactions of the recipients, if the gift was a hit or miss. The givers are hoping they made the right decisions with gifts they picked especially for you.
Although it’s the thought that counts when it comes to gifts, we’ve all been in a situation where we may have not been too pleased with a gift we have received.
Here are a few things to keep in mind
- If gifts are sent to you via mail, be sure to let the giver know when the gift arrives.
- Always read cards first! Reading the card first shows that you are connected to the emotional aspect of your gift.
- Make sure children unwrap all of their gifts before they start to play with a certain gift.
- Be sure not to ask receivers if they like the gift you gave.
- Do not ask where someone bought a gift.
- Never let someone know you don’t like the gift they gave you.
- Be sure not to put a gift in a box from a store where it wasn’t bought.
- Remove price tags from gifts before giving.
- Have a sense of gratitude for every gift you receive.
Remember, the holidays are a joyous occasion to be spent with family and friends and not just centered on gifts. It’s an overall time to be merry while enjoying the season.
We have prepared a few do’s and don’ts for this year’s holiday office party:
- Conduct yourself professionally at all times.
- Dress appropriately.
- Keep conversation positive and light.
- Wear name badges the right side.
- Avoid controversial conversations and debates.
- Only bring a guest if the invitation specifies you can bring one.
- Drink in moderation.
- Be sure to carry beverages in your left hand; this leaves your right hand free for handshakes.
- Thank the host before you leave.
- Eat and speak at the same time.
- Have too many drinks.
- Discuss work matters at the event.
- Over indulge in food; have a small bite to eat before the party.
- Arrive too late or miss the holiday party.
- Answer phone calls or text messages unless it is an emergency.
- Become the subject of the highlight story from the party
We hope these tips are helpful during this holiday season. For more protocol and etiquette tips contact Protocol International today!
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While the timing and severity of an allergy season vary across the country, spring allergies usually begin in February and last until early summer. I think we can agree that they are in full bloom during the month of May, Allergy Awareness Month. However, year round, people are affected by allergies and the common cold.
While you are protecting your own health, displaying proper etiquette when you aren’t feeling well shows that you are also considerate of the health of those around you. To avoid getting negative reactions from others for a sneeze, runny nose or a bad cough, we have gathered a few etiquette tips to help with allergies and the common cold:
- -Sneeze into your left elbow, not your hand
- -Avoid shaking hands with someone if you are sick or have allergies
- -Wash and sanitize your hands frequently
- -It is appropriate to stay home if needed
- -Avoid sharing food, utensils, and glassware
Allergies and colds are very common and can happen at any given time. Be sure to be prepared and keep these tips in mind to avoid spreading germs. For more information on conducting yourself as a polished professional at all times, contact Protocol International today!
An entrepreneur is described as ” Someone with the capacity and willingness to develop, organize and manage a business venture along with any of its risks in order to make a profit.” I think we would all agree that the most obvious example of entrepreneurship is the starting of new businesses.
It seems that in today’s economy, opting out of your normal 9:00 pm – 5:00 pm job to spread your entrepreneurial wings has become somewhat the norm. In fact, entrepreneurship is currently leading the job market and new opportunities are opening rapidly. However, making the decision to step away from a current job can be a challenging situation for employees. It not only requires some degree of courage to leave the comfort of that current 9-5 but the decision also presents the challenge of how to do it gracefully. Most employees take into consideration how best to maintain the loyalty, good will, friendships, and trust, established over the years when deciding to move on from one job to another or to pursue other opportunities.
So, before we say congratulations on your new position or the pursuit of an entrepreneurial endeavor, let’s discuss the proper protocol when resigning from a position?
At Protocol International, we have gathered a few tips to help your transition go smoothly:
- -Give proper notice (for most companies, two weeks is the standard notice)
- -Request an exit interview (use this opportunity to show gratitude for the position and all you’ve learned while with the company)
- -Offer to train your replacement
- -Be sure to let your managers know before anyone else
- -Complete ALL work before your last day (leave a great impression)
- -Be gracious in your exit
- -Be positive throughout process
If you are contemplating a new endeavor, we hope these tips help in your transition. If you would like more information on this and other proper protocol topics in and out of the workplace, contact Protocol International!