Many of you know already that my new job in St. Louis has had its challenges. The “culture” of our office has been in flux over the past several months as those of us in leadership have been trying to make it a healthier and more professional work environment. Some days I think we are making progress, and then other days are disappointing with some staff members treating others rudely.
So what are things we would consider “common courtesy” or “good manners” in our culture at large? I would like to list the things that come to my mind, but also ask y’all as my readers to add your thoughts/ideas.
Wait your turn. Don’t push and shove. If you do physically bump into somebody, say “excuse me”. Don’t have loud conversations on the phone or with your friends. Don’t cut people off when walking or driving. Hold the door for the person behind you. Cover your nose and mouth when you sneeze or cough
Behave in a professional way, not yelling or being aggressive with co-workers or customers. Don’t gossip or start rumors. Do your job to the best of your ability and in a timely fashion. Help each other out.
In your neighborhood:
Don’t cut the grass before 9 am or play music loudly after 10 pm. Cut your grass regularly and avoid having trash sitting out for days at a time.
At all times:
Say please and thank you. Apologize when you need to. Be on time to meetings and appointments. Respond to texts, email and snail mail in a timely fashion. If you can’t attend an event that you’re formally invited to, RSVP that you can’t come instead of just not responding. And don’t RSVP at the last minute for an event that involves real planning by the host.
I think the bottom line is to “treat others as you would have them treat you”. We should always treat others with respect, dignity, and kindness, no matter who they are and no matter who else is watching you. Please respond with your comments. Thank you!
P.S. Thanks for reading this far and I’m sorry it’s been so long since I last posted 🙂