Business Etiquette

Professional office etiquette isn’t as simple as it once was. Now there’s email etiquette, office meeting etiquette, and more.

Business Management Daily’s business etiquette tips will help you main professional etiquette at all times. Our office etiquette tips will help you put your best foot forward.

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Move over, Google. Microsoft grabs tech headlines this month by adding zippy new features to its Internet Explorer browser. Here are four cool tricks that will save time for you and your employees.

Q. How should I address a woman who uses two last names, such as "Geneva Besmer Silverstone"? By her maiden name, her surname or both?

What's the proper procedure for a group of business people approaching a closed door? ... Should I tip when picking up a carryout order for the office? ... How can I compliment a co-worker who recently lost a lot of weight without offending her?

Soon after Gary Lizalek was hired at a Wisconsin medical firm, he informed the company that he believed, as a matter of religious faith, that he was three separate beings. The company fired all three Lizaleks. He sued, saying the company failed to accommodate his religious beliefs.

As many companies cut back on expenses and, in some instances, cut staff, how do you maintain your edge and ask for what your department needs without immediately seeing your request denied? Tell a tale, become a storyteller and see your words make an impact.

It's not unusual to be asked to help pay for celebrations at the office, such as birthdays and baby showers. Avoid asking colleagues for too much too often by keeping in mind these guidelines from OfficeTeam:

Q. I'm training a new team member, and every time I clarify or correct something she has done, she immediately becomes defensive and short with me. How should I give her direction so it doesn't spark a defensive reaction? What should I do when she reacts that way?

Your co-worker gets handed a pink slip, and now you feel awkward. So awkward, in fact, that you’re tempted to do nothing. But that’s the last thing you should do. Here's how to deal with the situation:

If reaching for reference materials in your office requires moving a handful of beads you brought back from Mardi Gras, your personality may be overpowering your professional image. Personalizing our office space is tempting, but everyone should strike a balance.

Knowing whether or not to tell your CEO that he has spinach stuck in his teeth is one sure test of your etiquette skills. (Answer: Tell him, but discreetly.) How would you handle the following two difficult or embarrassing situations?

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