Business Etiquette

How Do You Know When to Ask for the Business?

Evan Thompson | Posted 10.29.2014 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

While seemingly daunting at first, asking for the business is a necessary occurrence if you are to grow and profit. You may not always hear "yes," but you won't know unless you ask. So what are you waiting for?

How to Survive a Character Assassination

Ryan Pannell | Posted 10.22.2014 | Canada Living
Ryan Pannell

If you are a dynamic, successful individual, a born leader, highly charismatic, popular, attractive, or all of these things, then at some point you are guaranteed to be the target of character assassination. Given how damaging character assassination can be, it's worthwhile having in your toolkit the means to survive one -- and not just survive: PREVAIL.

Sticky Situation: Travelling for Business (With Style)

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 10.22.2014 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

You walk into the office and your boss stops you in your tracks: "Go home and pack your bag. Our European client needs you. You are booked on the 17h05 flight." Are you thinking "Yeah!" or "Yuck!"? Here are 10 guidelines to make sure that you broadcast positively as yourself but also as an ambassador for your company and our country.

How to Determine Who Pays for a Business Lunch

Evan Thompson | Posted 12.01.2014 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

The rules about when to pick up the tab or let your dining partner pay can be murky, and misunderstanding them can put a damper on a great working relationship. Here are some guidelines based on three decades of experience paying for (or being treated to) business breakfasts, lunches and dinners.

Why Bosses and Employees Shouldn't Be Friends

Evan Thompson | Posted 11.17.2014 | Canada Business
Evan Thompson

Business is global and more competitive than before and managers' loyalty is to the bottom line (and their bonuses). When spending 10 or more hours together in the workplace, relationships (romantic and otherwise) are bound to result. So, here are 10 reasons why a boss/employee relationship is not a good ide.

Sticky Situation: Saying "No Problem" Is a Problem

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 11.09.2014 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

For the last couple of years there is a trend. I could even call it a movement. Etiquette experts and linguists are quite perplexed about this trend. Workplace recruits interchange «No problem» in lieu of «You are welcome», «It's my pleasure», «Yes, right away» or «I'm sorry».

Sticky Situation: Talking Politics at the Office Is a Slippery Slope

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 09.17.2014 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

When I first started to give business etiquette workshops, I labelled politics along with religion, money and sexual matters, as "inappropriate" topics of conversation. I have since renamed them as "slippery." Meaning, yes you can chat about government actions, policies and their decision makers but beware. To avoid wanting to rewind the conversation tape, here are four don'ts and two dos.

Sticky Situation: 20 Interview Dos and Don'ts

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 07.06.2014 | Canada Business
Julie Blais Comeau

You did it! You got an interview for the best job ever! Woo hoo! You are right to celebrate, but hold on for the toast. You still have to show your likability. Read on for the 20 contemporary dos and don'ts that will let your personality shine to get you the position that you dream of.

25 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day at the Office

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 06.22.2014 | Canada Impact
Julie Blais Comeau

Happy Earth Day! Since 1970, 192 countries, annually celebrate and act to preserve our planet earth on April 22. Do your part and keep the Earth Day Ticker rising, to achieve 2 billion acts of green. Start now, with these 25 ways.

Sticky Situation: Office St. Patrick's Day Dos and Don'ts

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 05.16.2014 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

Every March 17th, all over Canada and the world, employees go to their closets in search of a little, or a lot, of something green to wear. Some even bring Irish treats and delicacies to eat at lunch or share at break. Others look forward to the traditional happy hour green beer and most don't know that Patrick was not Irish.

Sticky Situation: Should I Tell My Intern She Smells?

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 05.06.2014 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

I just came across your website. I was looking for a solution on Google for "how to tell an intern that she stinks." She also wears the same clothes, every day, for the entire week. I am responsible for the retail counter in an aesthetic clinic. I have never been faced with this sticky situation; to tell or not to tell an employee that she smells.

Sticky Situation: How Would You Do in an Offbeat Interview?

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 04.01.2014 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

So you think that you have what it takes to work for one of serial entrepreneur Richard Branson's 400 companies within his Virgin Empire? You have personality and that is what he hires. Right? Are you a bit nervous about making a poised and polished entrance? What about the small talk -- smooth sailing for you? And what if you do get the job and he proposes a toast to you? Do you drink up or not? Uh oh...

Sticky Situation: Constant Coughing Colleague

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 03.17.2014 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

Sticky situation: I have a coworker two cubicles away who, for years now, has chronically coughed and always clears his throat. How do I politely get him to stop and be more considerate?

Sticky Situations: The Holiday Office Gift Giving Guide

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 02.03.2014 | Canada
Julie Blais Comeau

Holiday gift-giving is the opportunity to thank those that make your work world good, throughout the entire year. But one misstep could have you circulating the office gossip pool for months to come. Don't overspend, don't underspend, and mostly importantly: read this guide before gift-giving season is upon us.

Sticky Situation: Surviving the Holiday Office Party

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 01.27.2014 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

What percentage of holiday office partygoers have seen that guy or that girl do something that he or she regretted the morning after? What is one to do when the scene unfolds during one's jolly get together? Foremost, have your own party manners in check with these top five tips.

Sticky Situation: 7 Dos and Don'ts for Your Office Halloween Party

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

Halloween at the office: yeah or yikes? Before you pick your costume, buy the candy, decorate your cube with spider webs, or fake an illness to free yourself from the freak show, read these ghosts and goblins dos and don'ts.

Corporate Conundrum: Who Pays for Lunch?

Sue Jacques | Posted 12.16.2013 | Canada Alberta
Sue Jacques

Business meals can be awkward at the best of times, but things can get particularly uncomfortable when it's time to pay the bill. I was recently asked by an audience member if there's a foolproof way to determine whose responsibility it is to take care of paying for a business meal.

Corporate Conundrum: What Should I Wear to Work?

Sue Jacques | Posted 01.23.2014 | Canada Alberta
Sue Jacques

Ask ten people what business casual means and you're sure to get ten different answers. While some advisers will suggest that you always represent the dress code of the client, industry, or culture you are engaging with, my stance is different.

Corporate Conundrum: To Text or not to Text?

Sue Jacques | Posted 11.24.2013 | Canada Alberta
Sue Jacques

Welcome to Corporate Conundrums, a weekly column providing practical advice for readers who need help dealing with workplace challenges. From handling incivility and unprofessionalism to learning how to how to work with a jerk, no topic is off-limits.

Sticky Situation: How to Quit a New Job

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 11.17.2013 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

Sticky Situation: I have to quit a job to go to another. For both jobs, the current and the next, people around me have recommended me. It gets stickier; I have only been in my current job for less than a month. I am now wondering what excuse I should give my boss while still displaying integrity?

Sticky Situation: How and When to Quit in Seven Steps

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 11.11.2013 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

Congratulations! Although you may simultaneously feel excitement and urgency, both employers will appreciate you leaving and starting with polish and professionalism. Read on for practical steps to transition from one position to the next.

Sticky Situation: 20 Ways to Make Your Meetings More Productive

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 10.28.2013 | Canada Business
Julie Blais Comeau

Are your team's meetings a waste of time or an inspiring and cohesive collaborative venture? Make your meetings matter by brushing up on your meeting manners. Here is a refresher of host and participant guidelines plus solutions to sticky meeting situations, that will guarantee a positive, purposeful and productive participation by all.

Sticky Situations: Is It OK to Dress Better Than Your Boss?

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 10.15.2013 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

There actually is an unwritten rule that recommends not dressing up above your superior's style of dress. Simply stated, dressing more formally than your boss could be perceived as having the pretension of saying: "I'm better than you."

Women, Work & the Art of Savoir Faire: A Breezy Business Read

Sarah Vermunt | Posted 10.02.2013 | Canada Business
Sarah Vermunt

The book includes the recommendation that professional women dress "smexy" (the author's word for smart and sexy). Most of the powerful women I know look professional, but don't invest a lot of time into looking fabulously sexy. They're too busy kicking ass and getting shit done. I'm willing to overlook our disagreement on this issue, however, because other parts of the book are good.

Sticky Situation: Your Wardrobe Malfunctions Solutions

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 09.30.2013 | Canada Style
Julie Blais Comeau

Wardrobe malfunctions don't just happen to Hollywood stars. They can happen to any one of us, at any moment. No, not necessarily in front of the cameras, but probably in front of your boss or your client. In anticipation of your next 911 dress distress you should probably memorize, the following solutions.