I screwed up at work - which was compounded by a string of just plain bad luck. It got really ugly. Maybe could even lose my job. I'm thinking of having a heart-to-heart call with my leadership to apologize for the bits that were my responsibility...Not to grovel and save my ass, but to communicate that I know I impacted them and the team. Bad idea? Does an apology ever help in a workplace, or does it just help affix blame and make everyone uncomfortable?
I'm from an immigrant family and I have never really learned American social customs. Reading the comments on recent etiquette questions has made me realize that I lack an understanding of unwritten social rules that most people take for granted. [more inside]
How do indicate your disapproval with a superior's action without lecturing? [more inside]
I'll be jetlagged for the first day (and week) at my new job. Help me deal with this gracefully in my new workplace. [more inside]
Workplace Etiquette Filter: How to inform coworkers I am married? [more inside]
How do I explain a belated e-mail in a professional context? And how does one write a letter of inquiry to someone who already has the job? Bean-plate overthinking inside. [more inside]
How can I get my coworkers from compulsively using air freshener, as it gives me a terrible, go-home-early migraine? Asking nicely every day for the last week has been unsuccessful. [more inside]
Collegial concern: going too far? One of our workmates is so grossly overweight that we're fearful for him. [more inside]
Two (or more) people are talking and a new person enters the group. One of the current group makes an obvious joke about the third. How is the person who enters the group "supposed" to react. [more inside]
My boss just had a baby. It's a small company. She's bringing it to work everyday. How do I tell her that this is bad? [more inside]
Today I tendered my two weeks notice at my job of 4 years. I spoke directly to my manager on this matter and have told no one else (at work). What is the proper etiquette regarding telling my co-workers? [more inside]
What can/should you do for a co-worker in your department who only has a few weeks left to live, and is already at the hospital?
Even if you aren't particularly close, one has the feeling one should do something. But what?
WorkplaceEtiquetteFilter: I plan to give my boss his Christmas gift tomorrow. But now I've seen some people on some other sites (fark, ahem) saying that getting a gift for the boss is "ass-sucking" (they sure have a way of talking over there!). So I'm wondering: is my rather nice gift going to be perceived as my being an ass? [+] [more inside]
Workplace racism and etiquette advice. MI. [more inside]