There’s a well-known phrase that I reference quite often: ‘You never have a second chance for a first impression’…. So make sure you are still dressed to make a good first impression on anyone and everyone you interact with on ‘Casual Friday’. Especially with Summer officially in full swing, you can still look and feel professional while taking advantage of the relaxed environment. Dressing appropriately shows respect: Respect for yourself and respect for others.
Do you have an experience you’d like to share of being a little ‘underdressed’ on ‘Casual Friday’ and wishing you’d made a different decision? Please share your story!
In honor of Business Etiquette Week, I’ll be posting some ‘business’ related topics over at www.CareySueVega.com
Stop by this week to visit. And shoot me your questions – I’ll pick one for Q&A Friday. I’ll work the others into Manner Monday posts in the coming weeks.
Here’s the link to todays topic: Constructive Criticism
The fourth Thursday in April has evolved into “Take your children to work day”. It’s a great way for youngsters to explore career opportunities and to see first-hand what mom or dad does in the office.
Before heading out to the office with your son or daughter in tow, slow down, and spend some time with your child; prepare him or her, and explain what is expected for the day and what ‘exactly’ do you consider appropriate behavior. Look them in the eye when you speak to them and explain how you expect them to treat your workplace and your co-workers with respect. Just like the library, there are rules. If they don’t know the rules going into the situation beforehand, they can’t be expected to behave accordingly.
As a co-worker, you may be tempted to offer candy or snacks to children visiting the office for the day. Please check with the parent first… you never know how Junior reacts to sugar, things could get ugly – fast.
Manners and etiquette – it all boils down to making people feel comfortable. By doing your due diligence to prepare your child for appropriate behavior in your workplace: you will help to make him or her feel comfortable, and you will hopefully help to make your co-workers feel more comfortable as well.