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6 Better Ways to Get to Know Coworkers than Grabbing Coffee

Coffee is expensive and makes your teeth change colors. Why does this need to be the go-to way to spend time with work colleagues? In an article for the Muse, Saqi Mehta shares some alternatives. Whether face to face or just over instant message, there is nothing stopping you from just discussing a goofy topic from time to time, like favorite guilty pleasure TV show. You might discover that you have a hobby in common, ...

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How to Build the Social Ties You Need at Work

If tumbleweeds pass by your desk in spite of being indoors, it is time to put yourself back out there at work. In an article for Harvard Business Review, Amy Gallo describes the steps you can take to build closer ties with colleagues. The first step is to remember that you are not in high school anymore, and nobody is going to pants you if an innocent chat does not go as smoothly as it ...

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Etiquette Rules for the Open Office

When walls are in short supply, open offices happen. In an article for Entrepreneur, Jacqueline Whitmore shares some pointers for not violating each other’s space. For instance, resist the urge to share every little joke or comment that enters your mind just because others are in close proximity; everyone deserves to work uninterrupted. It is not just chitchat that can be distracting though. At close range, distracting smells like in strange foods (or your old ...

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Why You May Find US Colleagues ‘More Polite’ than Brits

In a highly entertaining 4-minute video at the BBC, an American man working at a London PR firm talks to a British woman working at a US law firm about cultural office differences. Among the highlights, the British are apparently more likely to curse loudly and casually. They also serve a great deal of tea, even if it means delaying the start of a meeting for an extra five minutes. And they seem to offer ...

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Etiquette for Expense Reports

Everyone hates filling out expense reports about as much as they love spending money that is not theirs. How much of that money should you really spend though? Jennifer Winter provides some guidance in an article for the Muse. If you are traveling for work, others are probably traveling with you. Watch to see how your more seasoned colleagues spend and follow suit. In any case, ask for receipts for everything, so there is always ...

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12 Rules to Maintain Etiquette in All Work Situations

Be yourself, thrive, and do not infuriate anyone along the way. In an article for CareerBuilder, Shannon Lee shares a dozen rules to ensure you are seen in the right light at the office. Here they are in brief: Avoid social media. Your friends’ lives are not that interesting anyway. Answer personal calls in private. Avoid gossip. It just makes you look immature to dwell on such vapid topics. Keep email formal, at least in ...

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Office Etiquette, or How to Not Be Annoying

There is a lot of advice about being a courteous employee that should just be intuitive, yet some people could stand to receive a reminder. In an article for Forbes, Lisa Quast gives us this reminder. Here is a sampling of tips that can make for a happier and less annoying work experience: Meetings: Do not schedule meetings back-to-back. Include an appropriate buffer that allows you to always show up to meetings punctually. And when ...

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Negotiating with Difficult People: We Have a Hostage Situation!

Chances are high that at at least one point in your career or personal life, you’ve had to negotiate with someone who was holding something you value as “hostage.” This may have included a particular service, payment, or resource, or quite possibly the TV remote, your favorite TV show, or having to tell your 5-year-old to put down the phone extension. Chances are even higher that you probably dreaded the whole process of getting what you ...

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3 Micro Tips for LinkedIn Networking

Sometimes you walk down the road not because you have a place to be, but just because the road is there. If you want a road to walk on LinkedIn, Catriona Pollard shares three little tips in an article for the CEO Magazine. Step one is to have a completed profile; when it comes to your professional genius, leave absolutely nothing a mystery. Step two is to use LinkedIn to follow up with anyone you ...

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A Useful Trick to Find a Mentor outside Your Network

What if you are looking to develop a skill that does not really exist in your organization, or is unavailable to you? Jo Miller suggests a relatively simple answer in an article for Mashable. She says you should go to a seminar and speak up. A frustrating reality for many presenters is that they hit their Q&A phase only to be met by crickets from the audience, or worse, some jerk asks a non-question that ...

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