How to Practice Office Etiquette (with Example Emails)

- Age, eg "How old are you?"
- Appearance or weight, eg "You seem to have put on some weight"
- Personal gossip about somebody you know
- Jokes that might offend (especially sexist or racist jokes)
- Money, eg "How much do you earn?"
- Sex (some people have strong religious views about this, or are embarrassed by the subject)
- Previous or current relationships, eg "Do you have a girlfriend?"
- Politics, eg "Who did you vote for at the last election?"
- Religion, eg "Do you believe in God?"
- Criticisms or complaints, eg "Why is British food so bad?"

What are some points of British office etiquette and what should I keep in ..

To get a better idea of the office etiquette you should be aware of, we caught up with Catherine Palmiere, president of recruitment firm , and Lyudmila Bloch, business etiquette coach at and author of "." Here's what they told us:


Do not get involved in office politics.

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There are a number of situations in which it is common to leave a tip (sometimes called a gratuity), although you should not feel that you have to do this if you cannot afford to do so or if you were not happy with the service provided.


Usually people only pay a tip in a restaurant or café when there is a waiter service (not for takeaway meals or self-service meals). Normally people add about 10% to the bill and make the amount a whole number of pounds. Check the menu and the bill to see if a service charge is already included in the price. For example, it may say: "A discretionary 10% service charge has been included" or "service is included", or you may just see that 10% has been added at the bottom of the bill (you can refuse to pay this part if you were unhappy with the service). If the service charge is not included the bill may say "Service charge not included" or "Gratuities are at the customer's discretion".


It is common for people to leave a small tip (maybe one or two pounds) as a tip.


It is common to add 10% to the taxi fare. For more details about paying for taxis, see: .

You may want to give a small tip (perhaps 1 or 2 pounds) when a member of hotel staff gives you a special service. For example, a tip may be appropriate if a porter carries your baggage to your room when you arrive, if the concierge helps you (for example by helping you to buy tickets, book a restaurant or plan your shopping or sightseeing, or by keeping your bags safe before check-in or after check-out) or if a doorman finds a taxi for you. It is more polite if you do not show the money when you are giving it - put it in your hand, say thank you, shake the person's hand and press the money into the person's hand.



05/10/2017 · How to Practice Office Etiquette

Anything you do during the day—even while you're on break—is a reflection of your professional self. Especially when a client might witness or hear your bad behavior. Blythe from North Carolina worked in a call center, which meant most people in the office were on the phone for most of the day. One coworker was 100 percent polite while dealing with customers one-on-one, but after he hung up the phone, "he'd stand by the water cooler and curse—loudly!—like it was going out of style," she says. "Anyone who was still on the phone with a client would have to raise his or her voice to keep the caller from hearing Mr. Pottymouth's tirades."

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15. Etiquette in general is becoming more gender neutral, so when it comes to opening doors and getting in and out of elevators, what matters more is showing respect to people who are more senior to you in your office. If you’re entering your floor or the elevator at the same time as your boss—or your boss’s boss—be sure to hold the door open for them and let them enter first.