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Etiquette Tip of the Week: New Kid

Published: 18 June 2012
created by Culture and Manners Institute

The "new kid" in the office always makes me think of that Far Side Cartoon by Gary Larson, where the new kid in the classroom stands out because he is radiating sparkles of newness.

 

That may or may not happen when you are the new kid in your workplace. But one thing every new kid should know is there is a protocol to follow.  Do not ask the CEO or other executives who out-rank you for their business card.  Wait until it is offered or they ask for yours.  Same thing with lunch.  Do not invite your supervisor to lunch.  Wait for an invitation from him or her.  In either case, you do not want to appear to be currying favors with those who outrank you.

 

Those of you who are old veterans of the workplace, please invite the new kid to lunch and take him or her under your wing.


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