Etiquette Fridays: New SeriesBy Angela Marshall, 30th Mar 2012
Let’s Change Casual Friday to Etiquette Friday
This is my campaign for 2012, to get people and companies involved.
Casual Friday is no longer appropriate in the current economic climate and it also gives out the wrong messages to people about a company’s brand. What directors and senior managers need to do is decide what their company stands for and how the employees need to dress and behave to represent their company every day.
Many people’s behaviour is perceived as lacking consideration, sometimes bordering on discourteous and disrespectful, and yet they may not have done it intentionally. It is important for us all to be thoughtful, have good communication with others and to treat them how we would like to be treated ourselves. There are so many written rules and guidelines on etiquette and there is no way we can know or agree with them all. However, etiquette is for everyday use, it’s not about being a snob. As I once read, good manners are invisible, subtle, silent and effortless. It’s knowing what to do, when to do it, and how to do it. Good manners used correctly put people at ease and are a way of being friendly and approachable.
Why launching and why it matters
If we consciously make an effort every Friday then hopefully it will become a habit every day. I challenge you to make one small change a week and by the end of the year let’s hope we have a more pleasant and positive society. A polite society!
Keep in mind to be courteous and thoughtful to other people around you, regardless of the situation. Consider other people’s feelings, stick to your beliefs, be as tactful as possible and do apologise when necessary.
Each week I will blog with comments, guidelines and tips that you may find helpful in work and in social situations.
Why the cup and saucer? Traditionally tea in a cup and saucer is associated with British afternoon tea, grace and manners.