Etiquette is a code of behaviour that delineates expectations for social behaviour according to conventional norms within a society, social class or group.
Etiquette is important as proper etiquette makes you attractive to someone in any given situation. When you have good manners, you’ll have a pleasant time wherever you go. It is important to know good manners but more important to practise them.
Always remember to smile graciously no matter the situation. You see I smile so much some people wonder if I don’t frown but *whispers* I actually think I frown as much as I smile.
Try to maintain a positive attitude, but be aware that there are times you must express anger or frustration. Just know the difference and avoid unnecessary drama. You don’t want the reputation of not being able to get along with your peers.
Always find ways to be a team player even if you don’t care for someone else’s personality, find common grounds to maintain a pleasant work environment.
Maintain your strength while exhibiting patience with others. If you don’t know how to do something, take the time to learn.
Also learn how to make small talk because doing so will help you in social and professional situations.
Following certain rules of etiquette is essential in both the social and professional situations , so I thought it okay to bring them to our notice and I think it’s a good idea we all commit them to heart because good etiquette can mean the difference between keeping or loosing friends and getting ahead in business.
Back to what happened in my office, sometimes in May, a new staff was employed and when we got talking, I discovered we attended the same uni but she graduated a year before I did so we exchanged numbers but I wasn’t particularly close to her. I noticed she was always coming late to work and I talked to her about it but she gave me some flimsy excuses and I let her be because am someone that if I advise you once and you don’t take it, I’ll just push you to one corner. Along the line I also got to discover she was very rude, she talks to members of staff anyhow, rudely that sometimes I get ashamed on her behalf so apparently this week the management was tired of her and she was sacked yesterday morning. I don’t know if I should be happy or sad but I feel sad because in her next job, she might exhibit the same character. Well, I got a list of etiquette online.
What not to do:
1. Being impolite to anyone: being nice to others in all scenarios is the most important rule of etiquette you can follow. Being rude to people is known something you might not be able to undo.
Politeness extends to everyone you come in contact with, from the door man of your office to your boss and co workers.
Showing gratitude and respect to servers at the restaurant, etc can make the difference in the service person’s day. Not being nice to these people show a lack of character on your part.
2. Being late: if you are one of those people who are chronically late, you are showing disrespect for other people’s time. When you agree to show up at a certain time, be there. If you are occasionally late, you will probably be forgiven if it is not something you do often. Always call and let someone know your circumstances and your estimated time of arrival.
3. Failing to introduce others: when you are with two people who don’t know each other, you should always introduce them. If you can’t remember either of their names, politely say something like “I’m sorry, I know we’ve met, but I can’t recall your name”. Then use the person’s name during the introduction and afterward in conversation.
4. Chatting or texting on your cell phone while physically present with others: always give the person you are physically with your attention. If your cell phone rings or you receive a text that needs immediate response, politely excuse yourself and keep all electronic contacts brief. Then when you return to the person, apologize and refrain from making a habit of chatting on the phone or texting.
Never text while dining with others, that is plain rude.
5. Failing to RSVP: when you are invited to events, let the host know whether or not you’ll be there ASAP. Failing to RSVP can hamper the person who must plan the guest list, food and space.
Never change plans if something more interesting comes along. You may never get invited by that host again if he finds out.
6. Being too self absorbed: when chatting with friends, family or co workers give them equal time during the conversation. If you have a pattern of making the discussion all about you, you may discover people walking a wide berth around you or running away when they see you coming. You don’t want people to see you as narcissistic or self absorbed.
Back and forth conversation is more enjoyable for both parties and will gain favour among people you care about.
7. Having bad table manners: when dining with others, take your time to observe proper table manners. If you are unclear about which utensil to use, learn before you go.
Take time to chew your food properly and don’t talk with your mouth full.
After you finish eating, wait for the others. It is rude to leave the table while others are eating.
8. Forgetting to be thankful: when someone gives you a gift or does something special for you, always show your gratitude. Immediately say “thank you”
Materials were sourced from google.