Columnist Bruna Martinuzzi explores the vital ways to practice business etiquette.
Concern with etiquette may appear to be a preoccupation with the trivial: knowing which eating utensil to use or mastering the correct way to hold chopsticks.
Instead, etiquette is about developing a sensitive awareness of those around us and being cognizant of the effect that our behaviors have on others.
As Emily Post once said: "Etiquette is the science of living. It embraces everything. It's ethics. It's honor."
In today's harried, fast-paced world, it is easy to think that we can ignore the small niceties in our every day encounters.
However, it is especially because we live fast-paced, charged lives that we need to be mindful of issues of etiquette. Ignoring conventional rules of civility can have a negative impact on our workplace relationships.
Here are a few tips to help you in this regard...