Articles about Etiquette

Office Life

Here are the Top 10 ways people exact revenge on their coworkers

Think about it: How many times has getting angry, led you to get even? If you've done so in the workplace, you're not alone.

News

Guy fired for being rude claims he’s not impolite, just French

A French waiter in Canada experienced the limits of workplace incivility when he was fired for allegedly acting aggressive, rude and combative to his coworkers. And now he's suing his former employer for violating his human rights, arguing that he was not rude — he's just French.

How To

4 ways to seamlessly finish a conversation without making the other person feel dumped

So you're at a networking event and have had a great chat with someone new, but there are a handful of other people you'd still like to introduce yourself to. Instead of waiting for the conversation to end organically, consider using one of these four methods to keep moving forward.

Words at Work

Whatever you do, don’t even think about using these 5 opening lines in your emails

If every email is different, why do so many of them begin the same way? Here's a list of opening lines you should steer clear of.

Business travel

Hoping for a smooth flight on your next business trip? Your seatmate’s nationality may determine that

When you first sit down on a flight for a business trip or any trip you usually can tell in the first few minutes if you have a good seatmate or not. Here are the best travel companions.

Office Life

How to greet someone professionally online

As technology makes it easier for us to professionally greet each other on social networks, we're running into new challenges of how to communicate.

Gifts

9 steps to better office holiday gift giving

‘Tis the season to be jolly and buy gifts for people you don’t really know that well. Here's how to deal with the immense pressure, and office gift ideas.

Office Life

The holiday gift guide for everyone in your office

From your work bestie to your boss, we've got the best way to buy holiday gifts for everyone on your office list.

Productivity

How to say no without feeling guilty: 6 secrets from experts

Being “too nice” can cause legit problems. So how do you say no without feeling guilty? Experts and research have answers.

Productivity

Email is the most effective tool you are not using

With so many other forms of communication available, email may seem like the archaic tool from the Internet’s dark ages. But it's essential to do it right.

The Future of Work

This AI spies on your contacts and writes emails to them

A new email plugin called Crystal made accurate judgments on one reporter's email style. It can help people navigate tone and content with strangers.

Office Life

Here’s how to stay on the right side of office chat etiquette

While every person and workplace is different, here's what to keep in mind when using your office chat so you don't offend or annoy your coworkers.

Happiness

Here’s how to avoid catching a bad mood from your coworker

New research argues that moods — both good and bad — are contagious. Here are some tips on how to avoid a bad mood just because your coworker has one.

Office Life

How to handle business lunch etiquette

Ladders sat down with Patricia Napier Fitzpatrick, who runs the Etiquette School of New York, to talk about how we should handle ourselves when we are eating in a business setting.

Advice

No, you don’t need a personal brand

When it comes to career lingo, no phrase has gotten more buzz over the past several years than personal branding. You don't need it. Here's why.

Office Life

6 ways to make your business emails stand out

A great email could land you a job, but a bad one has the potential to annoy the recipient and/or jeopardize your career. Here's how to craft one that gets your message across effectively while keeping both your job and the recipient in mind.

Office Life

7 tips from an etiquette coach for nailing your job interview

Patricia Napier Fitzpatrick runs The Etiquette School of New York where she coaches her clients on everything from body language to table manners. Ladders spoke with Patricia about tips that can help improve your chances of nailing your next big job interview.

office life

Here’s why you shouldn’t use smiley face emojis in work emails

A smiley is not a smile.

levelling up

4 ways to hold people’s attention at networking events

Be a resource for others.

office life

How to survive an office birthday celebration

Ditch the afternoon cupcakes and try something new.

Business Travel

Aggressive shoeless feet on airplane traumatize fellow travelers

"The left foot reached over and opened a window."

Success

8 fascinating facts about job interviews in China

Pro tip: Avoid Ghost Month

Technology at Work

3 excruciating email blunders we never recover from

Never use email if you can avoid it.

Success

6 ways to be an all-star in every meeting

Here's how to shine.

Technology at Work

We waste 17 hours every week on pointless work email

Three hours a day on email is no way to live.