Sticky Situation

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: Should You Bring a Gift to Destination Weddings?

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

I'm going to a very good friend's wedding this upcoming Saturday in Varadero, Cuba. The wedding is at an all-inclusive resort, which will give us much-needed sunshine, but it is at a very expensive five-star resort. I'm in the wedding party. What should I do: offer a gift card, offer nothing at all, or give a small token gift to the bride, my friend?

Sticky Situation: Chicken Wing Eating 101 and Other Party Manners

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 04.04.2014 | Canada
Julie Blais Comeau

FYEI (For Your Etiquette Information) -- Game day is the only day when your ball cap may be kept on while indoor but do remove it for the anthem. Before you get set to watch the famous coin flip, check for your Super Bowl game day party manners. Here are 10 don'ts and two dos, the get re-invited to next year's matchup:

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 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.

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.

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?

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: 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.

Sticky Situations: Are You a Beach Bum or Beach Buddy?

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 09.09.2013 | Canada
Julie Blais Comeau

Just because your sunglasses are on, it doesn't mean that your manners should go to the wind and that you can turn into a beach bum. To make sure that all sand, surf and sun lovers have worry free memories, here are twelve beach friendly reminders that will make you a good beach buddy.

Sticky Situation: Your Vacation Tipping Guide

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 08.27.2013 | Canada Travel
Julie Blais Comeau

For many Canadians, Canada Day is the beginning of their vacation. What will you do? Where will you go to unplug & reconnect? Whenever I participate on call-in shows, the most popular questions that I receive, are usually about tipping etiquette. Canadians from coast-to-coast want to know; to give or not to give and how much.

20 Things You Must Know About the Canadian Flag

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 08.20.2013 | Canada
Julie Blais Comeau

Next week, to commemorate our heritage, on July 1, Canada day, many of us will go to our garages, attics or basements, and will take out our national flag to testify our allegiance to our country. Here's what you should know about the National Flag of Canada.

Sticky Situation: How to Deal With a Wedding Show Stealer

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 08.17.2013 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

My fiancé's sister is very excited about our wedding, but so much so that she automatically expects, and has voiced this on several occasions, that she expects to be included in the wedding itself. Are there any other things that we could have her as a participant in the wedding, yet not actually a bridesmaid?

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.

Sticky Situation: How to Handle Complaints

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 08.05.2013 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

No matter how you feel: like crawling under your desk, screaming back or calling your mommy, understand that a complaining client is a someone that has faith in you. Really, if he did not believe that you could make it right, he would just take his business elsewhere and leave.

Sticky Situation: A Cheat Sheet for Colleague Annoyances

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 07.22.2013 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

Do you sometimes lay awake at night, or daydream on the job, about what to do and say to a co-worker about a recurring sticky situation? Here is a cheat sheet, of the right things to do and say, for when your colleague does the wrong thing.

Sticky Situation: Avoid Embarrassment at this Weekend's BBQ

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 07.15.2013 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

The first long weekend of the summer is here and you need it, to recharge your batteries, unplug the techno and reconnect with loved ones. In Canada, this first three-day break of the summer generally means a combination of planting, freshening up our homes and an invitation to a barbecue. Here are five barbecue sticky situations and their solutions.

Sticky Situation: 20 "Textiquette" Guidelines

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 07.02.2013 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

When invited to give a business etiquette workshop, managers now request that I include a texting activity. We review the dos and don'ts of this casual mode of communication that can, quickly and permanently, tarnish a company's, or an employee's, reputation. Here are 20 business "textiquette" guidelines to keep your interactions positive and interruption free.

Sticky Situation: The Perpetually Late Colleague

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 05.26.2013 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

What can I do about a colleague's perpetual lateness? Five to 10 minutes after the start of our weekly meetings he waltzes in and usually says something like: "What did I miss?" This is more than an annoyance. It is disruptive and unproductive. And frankly, I feel that it is very disrespectful of my time and me. Help!

Sticky Situation: An Air-Kissing How-To

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 05.13.2013 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

Sticky situation: Help! I got air-kissed and ended up butting noses. The incident happened during my first road trip with my boss, when he introduced me to one of our senior store managers. I put out my hand. He pulled me in to peck, not only once but twice, on each cheek. I was surprised. Startled, I moved and it caused a nose collision. What is the protocol on air-kissing, who goes first and on which side?

Sticky situation: Bringing a Newborn to a Gala?

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 05.06.2013 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

Sticky situation: Our law firm has been nominated for our local Chamber of Commerce's annual Business Achievement Award. My newborn will be five-weeks-old on gala night. I am still nursing so, I was thinking of bringing him with us. But I spoke about this plan with one of our senior associates and he is very concerned that other attendees may disapprove of bringing a baby to a gala...

Sticky Situation: A Neighbourly Dispute

Julie Blais Comeau | Posted 04.23.2013 | Canada Living
Julie Blais Comeau

Sticky situation: Our, across the street neighbour insists that we cannot park our car in front of his property. Are we wrong to continue to do so, especially when we arrive from his side of the crescent?