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Workplace Etiquette

What is the opinion of the hive mind: if one of my superiors receives a promotion, is it polite to congratulate them or is that the wrong tone? [more inside]
posted by jojobobo on Aug 25, 2014 - 9 answers

Social Media Protocol: Unfriending a Coworker Edition

What's the protocol for blocking/unfriending a coworker if you still want to be friends with almost all your other coworkers on Facebook? [more inside]
posted by Hermione Granger on Jun 9, 2014 - 24 answers

Workplace etiquette question

I've recently been teamed on a project with a co-worker who dresses and acts professionally, but tends to wear low-cut blouses. The problem is not what she is wearing but that she is frequently, nervously making adjustments to her neckline. So often that it's now making me nervous. Question inside. [more inside]
posted by qi on Jun 4, 2014 - 31 answers

Cultural Etiquette -- Turkey

Someone I work with is Turkish and in Turkey for the summer. He asked me to let him know if I would like something from Turkey. I do! But do I take him up on it? [more inside]
posted by zizzle on Jun 4, 2014 - 17 answers

Need to back out without burning a bridge!

I need to back out of a project that (thankfully) hasn't started yet--how do I write an email that doesn't sound flaky or weasel-y, and ideally lets me keep my client? [more inside]
posted by like_a_friend on Feb 26, 2014 - 6 answers

How to politely tell people to read their f*cking emails?

I frequently get asked for information or asked to answer questions that I have already provided/answered in a previous email. This is time-consuming. How best to deal with this? [more inside]
posted by ladybird on Jul 4, 2013 - 46 answers

I don't want to tip my hand.

I am planning on leaving my job, and indeed my current career path, in the next 3-ish months, but for various practical reasons I want to stay for those next 3-ish months. There's a conference coming up that I would absolutely be going to if I were staying in this career. Do I sign up for the conference? If I do, the conference fee will be wasted when one of my coworkers could use the money for their own professional development (and money is tight in our department) and I'm afraid this would cause bad feelings and people would take it personally. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Mar 22, 2013 - 18 answers

More notice vs. more stress?

How do I time submitting my resignation, in order to best give my employer(s) time to prepare, without adding too much additional stress to a big upcoming project? [more inside]
posted by overeducated_alligator on Aug 29, 2012 - 2 answers

Proper etiquette for an unsolicted merit raise

What is proper "thank you" etiquette when given an unsolicited raise based on merit? [more inside]
posted by Fezboy! on Jul 18, 2012 - 22 answers

A day late and a note short?

Please help me with post-interview thank-you note timing. [more inside]
posted by thisjax on May 10, 2012 - 11 answers

No More Please?

Article about dropping politeness from email to achieve better results in the workplace? [more inside]
posted by jca on Apr 24, 2012 - 2 answers

Etiquette regarding followups after an interview? Found an awesome job, but don't want to seem pushy.

I found a job that I would really like to get, but the company is being slow in making a decision. [more inside]
posted by digitaldraco on Feb 1, 2012 - 10 answers

What kind of gift should I get for my assistant?

Xmas gift for an assistant? [more inside]
posted by triggerfinger on Dec 8, 2011 - 29 answers

Regret, turned down job offer, Will the hiring manager consider me for future openings?

Regret of declining a job offer, I want to know how the Hiring Manager perceived me? Will I be considered for future opportunity? [more inside]
posted by msconfuse on Nov 11, 2011 - 4 answers

I seriously don't know how to do this.

A question about etiquette for freelance designers: [more inside]
posted by marimeko on Aug 23, 2011 - 5 answers

What are the best follow-up techniques to use when you lose a creative pitch or proposal?

What are the best follow-up techniques to use when you lose a creative pitch or proposal? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jan 12, 2011 - 1 answer

How do I not stab my roommate in the face?

How do I not stab my roommate in the face? My roommate is mind numbingly annoying and I'm starting to hate her. How do I not do that? [more inside]
posted by katybird on Oct 4, 2010 - 39 answers

A friend distributed my awful resume. Now what?

I sent a possibly-horrible resume to an influential friend, who graciously passed it along. What do I do? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 28, 2010 - 7 answers

9:30 Sunday night phone call? Someone better be dead.

Businesslike behavior: Is it different today for 20-somethings? Maybe I'm just old... [more inside]
posted by lothar on Jun 4, 2010 - 27 answers

Please don't pitch to me!

What's the best way to handle an obsessive friend making unwanted pitches to you? [more inside]
posted by Flitcraft on Jan 11, 2010 - 20 answers

Gossipy Gals

I'm a temp, and I know a couple of people are being gossipy about me behind my back. And they don't know I know. Should I call them on it? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Sep 15, 2009 - 38 answers

Help me let my (temporary) boss know that I love my job and want to stay on permanently.

How can I show higher ups at a workplace that I really love it here and want to stay on permanently? [more inside]
posted by miltoncat on Aug 11, 2009 - 10 answers

Foot Met Mouth--Now What?

Re: Work Interview Etiquette. I messed up bad. I don't know what to do or if I should do anything. The scenario (names will be changed): [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 17, 2009 - 8 answers

What are some polite ways to remind people of things?

What are some polite ways to remind people of pending workplace tasks? [more inside]
posted by rhyax on Jun 27, 2008 - 18 answers

Did I handle this properly?

New Job Etiquette: Did I do the right thing? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Apr 8, 2008 - 12 answers

How to deal with obnoxious recruiters?

How do you deal with calls from recruiters who are inappropriately rude? [more inside]
posted by designmartini on Nov 21, 2007 - 19 answers

Work Christmas Cards - If I give out one, do I have to give one to everyone?

OfficePolitics/Etiquette Filter: Christmas Cards - If I give out one, do I have to give one to everyone? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Dec 18, 2006 - 5 answers

Work/Blog Precautionary Measures

The cat's out of the bag: I told an (non-supervisor) acquaintance at work about my (before now) secret blog. What do I need to do to not get fired? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 21, 2006 - 19 answers

How do you keep in touch with new business acquaintances?

You've just been to a conference and made many new acquaintances. Now, what is the proper method / etiquette to maintain contact? [more inside]
posted by pricklypear on Jun 29, 2006 - 6 answers

no, I'm great, really! and I have emails to prove it!

Is it appropriate to forward compliments about yourself (relating to work) to your boss? [more inside]
posted by Kellydamnit on Mar 31, 2006 - 23 answers

enjoy your mass produced greeting!

So my company wants us to send personalized holiday cards to clients we deal with regularly. [more inside]
posted by Kellydamnit on Nov 30, 2005 - 7 answers

Sleeping at work

I share an office with a co-worker and over the past few months she's been sitting at her computer and falling asleep during the day, mainly in the afternoon. [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Jul 12, 2005 - 65 answers

Going-Away Gift

EmploymentFilter: I'm leaving a professional position tomorrow after eight months and the requisite two weeks' notice. It hasn't been a particularly good match for me (skills, interests, etc...) but my boss has nevertheless been a good guy to work for and has both tried to find ways to use my background and skills, and to give me opportunities to learn more. Once, in passing, he mentioned a bottle of whisky he was about to try. Should I get him one to say "thanks," since I don't think there are any alcohol sensitivity issues? [more inside]
posted by piro on Feb 8, 2005 - 15 answers

How do I deal with racism at work?

Workplace racism and etiquette advice. MI. [more inside]
posted by i_am_joe's_spleen on Sep 6, 2004 - 15 answers

Giving Notice

How much notice should I give? I like my job and my boss, but I've been accepted to grad school. My company has a habit of procrastinating on hiring new people (a month or more), but I have a lot of responsibilities that will need to be taken over immediately. It might even be beneficial for someone to take over the week before I leave, so I can give them some training. Should I stick with the traditional two weeks, or give them a little more leeway?
posted by ArsncHeart on Apr 4, 2004 - 12 answers

What is the etiquette for putting future employment on your resume?

What is the etiquette for putting future employment on your resume? I will be a summer associate for a law firm between May and August, but am circulating my resume to other employers in anticipation of the interview process next fall. Is it acceptable to put "[Law Firm] - Summer Associate, May 2004 - August 2004" on a resume that you are handing out today?
posted by PrinceValium on Mar 10, 2004 - 15 answers

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