Understanding Workplace Friendships

Blog, Business Etiquette

We spend a lot of time at work, so it is only natural to develop friendships with colleagues and bosses. But workplace friendships are different from the friendships in our personal lives. And not understanding the difference between the two can spell trouble at work.

When is a Pat on the Head Taboo?

Business Etiquette

QUESTION: Recently, Estrin Education received a communication from a reader expressing her discomfort when a coworker pats the head of a client’s child. MY RESPONSE: Our increasingly global society yields many benefits, one of which can be a greater understanding and appreciation for other cultures and customs. But what happens if a custom from your … Read More

“Business Casual?! What Does That Mean?”

Attire, Business Etiquette

Ask 5 people to define business casual and you will get 5 different answers. This is the problem with business casual, the rules aren’t clear. Prior to the 1990’s, dressing for the office was easy – you dressed up. Suits and ties for men and pantyhose and makeup for women were all part of the … Read More