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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 maintain professional etiquette at all times. Our office etiquette tips will help you put your best foot forward.

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Whether you're dining with peers at a convention or meeting with a vendor, lunch etiquette can keep you from marring your image with a faux pas. Here are five etiquette rules for business meals ...

If you find yourself muddled in crisis, shake off the shock, orient yourself and start looking for solutions—fast. Here's how:

More pink slips are on the horizon. According to outplacement firm Challenger Gray & Christmas, 1 million more job cuts are likely in 2009. But, there's a silver lining among all the dark clouds of this recession, says the firm's chief executive, John Challenger, and it's this: Layoffs can be good news, in a strange way.

Help your company maximize its business deductions by keeping comprehensive records of travel, entertainment and gift expenses. Keep your records organized in a diary or a statement of expenditures, supported by documentary evidence. Documentary evidence ordinarily is considered adequate if it discloses the amount, date, place and essential character of the expense.

With spring training upon us, you may have lined up season tickets for the local baseball team. However, you won’t be able to deduct any expenses if you use the tickets personally. Strategy: Arrange to take clients or prospects out to the ballpark. You can write off the cost of the tickets plus other out-of-pocket expenditures.

Tempers are flaring at work more often these days. About half of U.S. workers report yelling at a colleague this year, reports the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. How should you handle a co- worker’s “desk rage”?

“Could I ask you to repeat your name one more time?” Admins who hate asking that question may fear that they come across as incompetent or unprofessional. The truth, though, is that they just want to get it right. Here are top tips from other admins on handling on-the-phone situations.

Pamela Stoney worked as a sales manager for Atlanta-based Cingular Wireless (subsequently AT&T) in Colorado. After the company fired her for insubordination, Stoney filed a complaint with the Colorado Civil Rights Division, claiming age and gender discrimination and retaliation ...

Q. The limit on business gifts seems too low. Can it be avoided by giving a gift to the entire company?

Send the right message with your e-mail sign-off by “mirroring,” says Judith Kallos, creator of

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People traditionally pack on extra pounds during the Thanksgiving-to-Christmas string of holiday parties and office functions. Here's one key rule for holiday partygoers.

Business etiquette expert Barbara Pachter says that hotter summer temps are often to blame for unsuitable work attire.

Some employees can tolerate coworkers’ swearing and rude behavior, but don’t even dream of touching their ham sandwiches.

Normal people try to put their best foot forward during job interviews. Others not so much. Like the applicant who showed up drunk. Or the guy who picked his nose. A new survey reveals some of the strangest, rudest behavior applicants display during job interviews.
Before you pack your bags, consider these conference etiquette tips.
While some employees can tolerate co-workers’ swearing and rude behavior, don’t even think about touching their ham sandwiches. The absolute most offensive thing an office worker can do to colleagues is to steal their food from the office fridge, says a new TheLadders.com survey of 2,500 U.S. employees ...

Q. We have a reciprocal agreement with another company in a related field. If they furnish “qualified leads” to us and we reward them, are the payments treated as business gifts?

Because customer service employees are on your front lines every day, don't just rely on a résumé and a good first impression to choose such vital personnel. New low-cost online tests can help you determine who has the right stuff ...

If your employees hear “casual” when you say “business casual,” they might benefit from an emerging new perk: the employer-supplied image consultant ...

Customer-service workers are the face of your company, and they’re especially vital at smaller businesses. So, don’t just rely on a résumé and a good first impression to choose such employees.
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