Étiquette

Sticky Situation: Are Flowers the Best Hospital Gift?

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 04.16.2014 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

I will be visiting a friend in the hospital this weekend. I want to bring something but I am not sure about flowers. It seems to me that they could be quite cumbersome when you have to take them home. Not to mention that some patients are allergic to them. I would appreciate it if you could please give me some gift suggestions to ease my choice.

The Basic Etiquette You Should Teach Your Kids

Deborah Fulsang | Posted 04.08.2014 | Canada Living
Deborah Fulsang

Don't talk about people behind their backs. Well, maybe just with your mom or dad or your best friend, but not with the crowd. It's very uncool and it will come back to bite you. It was Eleanor Roosevelt who said, "Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people."

Yoga Studio Decorum 101

Karen Cleveland | Posted 03.20.2014 | Canada Living
Karen Cleveland

Don't know your Hatha from your Ashtanga? One of the best things about yoga is its intrinsically welcoming nature -- your practice is really just that, your own. And while everyone is welcome, certain behaviours are not.

Treat People On Social Media As You Would In Real Life

Mara Shapiro | Posted 03.19.2014 | Canada Living
Mara Shapiro

Sure, you have a right to air your opinions. That's the beauty of democracy. But I've got news for you. You get more flies when you use your own hashtag. Highjacking someone's party to spread negativity doesn't get anyone on your side. Would you show up at a bar-mitzvah uninvited and complain that the meat isn't free-range?

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

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 03.16.2014 | 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: How to Wear a Top Hat and Walking Stick at a Wedding

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 03.13.2014 | Canada Style
Julie Blais Comeau

We're getting married this summer and my husband will be wearing a top hat and walking stick. He is wondering how to wear these accessories. Should he keep his hat on during the wedding ceremony? If not, when should he remove it? And what about his walking stick, how does he carry it? Thank you for your advice.

Sticky Situation: Should I Tell My Intern She Smells?

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 03.06.2014 | 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: Regifting Dos and Don'ts

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 02.26.2014 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

You are sure the neighbours did it with the Panettone. You suspect your brother-in-law did too, with the No Name golf balls. Now that Christmas is over and the pretty papers and beautiful bows are off, it's the season to regift. It may be acceptable if and when the following conditions apply.

Sticky Situation: 10 Guidelines for Shopping Harmony

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 01.25.2014 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

Have you counted them? There are five shopping weekends left before Christmas. I bet that your heart is now pumping a little quicker. Increased blood pressure means stress. Stress diminishes patience. It may even reduce common sense, could completely violate basic civil codes and present you with Sticky Situations.

This is the End of Civil Discussion

Jeff Paterson | Posted 10.28.2013 | Canada Politics
Jeff Paterson

I'm no John Ivison, Christie Blatchford, Chantal Hebert, Ezra Levant, Christopher Hume, Andrew Coyne or Margaret Wente. Heck, you could find bloggers...

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.

Sticky Situation: What Gift to Give a Thanksgiving Host or Hostess

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

Hosting is a lot of work, takes a lot of time, and yes, it is expensive. I regularly get hostess gift questions from readers on what to offer, when to offer, and how much to spend. Here are 10 guidelines to make sure that you get re-invited.

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.

Sticky Situation: Does My Dad Have to Give Me Away at My Wedding?

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 12.02.2013 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

I'm 30 years old and getting married for the first time this holiday season. I've supported myself since I was 18 years old and have lived with my fiancé for the past three years. Traditionally fathers walk their daughters down the aisle, but my father and I aren't close. I also feel too old and independent for the ritual. Should I just swallow my pride to save wedding stress?

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.

How to Make Your Workplace a Better Place

Karen Cleveland | Posted 11.11.2013 | Canada Impact
Karen Cleveland

If you log a typical eight or nine hour workday, you likely spend more time with colleagues than friends -- all the more reason to inject some kindness into these business relationships. Regardless of whether it it is your first week or fifth year, inspire kindness among your colleagues with these tips.

How to Do Good at Home

Karen Cleveland | Posted 10.09.2013 | Canada Impact
Karen Cleveland

People for Good are at it again, carrying on their crusade for kindness. Thank goodness, literally, for their selfless goal of making the world a bett...

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.

People For Good Use Good Deeds to Make Your Day Better

Karen Cleveland | Posted 09.02.2013 | Canada Impact
Karen Cleveland

To cram into a packed subway train, you might never guess this is a country known for its politesse. But People for Good, a coalition formed in 2011 by a collaboration between a media and creative agency, has a simple, albeit grandiose, mandate: to make the world a kinder place, one good deed at a time.

Sticky Situation: Your Wedding Gift Questions Answered

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 08.13.2013 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

To help you decide what to get and how much to spend, here are the answers to five general wedding gift queries. Every wedding invitation requires a gift. This includes giving a present when you will not be present at the wedding.

There's a Time to Text and a Time to Talk

Nancy A. Shenker | Posted 07.16.2013 | Canada Living
Nancy A. Shenker

So many people are hiding these days behind their devices, using efficiency and speed as just one of the many excuses to avoid direct communication. I don't purport to be the Emily Post of digital etiquette, but the following are times when some form of more intimate and potentially interactive communication may be preferable to their smart phone or tablet equivalent.

Tea Etiquette 101: Drinking Tea 'the Proper Way'

Karen Cleveland | Posted 06.24.2013 | Canada Living
Karen Cleveland

How could adding boiling water to leaves get so complicated? Pinkies up or down? Conventions abound when it comes to tea service, but it need not be fussy. In fact, some of the traditions actually have interesting roots.

Sticky situation: Bad News Guide - What to Do and Say

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 06.10.2013 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

Sticky situation: In our daily lives, from work to the community and even within our very own family, we regularly receive news that may make us uncomfortable and will at times, leave us speechless and paralyzed. To enlighten you, and hopefully prepare you for what to say and do, here are some suggestions.