It’s that time of year again, when one of the most daunting questions on your mind is, “What gifts do I get my friends and family for the holidays?” Some call it taboo, but re-gifting no longer has to feel like a shameful act. The Daily Quirk had the chance to speak with national manner and etiquette expert Diane Gottsman to bring you answers to the questions you’ve been wondering about re-gifting, but may have been too afraid to ask. Continue reading
Everything we say and do communicates the kind of people that we are, and now that almost everything we say and do is posted publicly on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, the list goes on…we ought to put some deeper thought into the content. The trouble with social media is that it distances us from our audience, which causes us to be more daring and frankly more careless about the things we say and do online. This distance opens us up to bash on other users and be unnecessarily nasty and disrespectful, and also to get too personal with our own posts and status updates—boldly stating what a lonely wreck we are, etc., a.k.a. attention seeking. It’s one thing to be ironic. It’s another to actually fall into these unhealthy habits. Continue reading
In this day and age, there are a lot of methods of communication: texting, video chatting, messaging on Facebook. But let’s not forget about email. People use email all the time for all kinds of things, so it’s important to know what you’re doing. Here is a brief beginner’s guide to email etiquette. Continue reading
Being a good houseguest can mean very different things depending on whom you are visiting or staying with. It could be anything from a ‘what’s ours is yours’ situation to a Beauty-and-the-Beast-don’t-go-in-the-West-Wing sort of deal. No matter what your host’s or hostess’ viewpoint, there are some basic rules to follow to be sure you are the best houseguest out there! Continue reading
The holiday season has officially arrived and for those with jobs, a relaxing break is definitely due. As the days off from work are fast approaching, so is the annual company holiday party! In the same way that family and friends recognize the holidays with a celebration, the workplace does too.
Office parties can certainly serve as a good time what with all the opportunities to bond with your boss and socialize with your fellow employees. However, the company holiday party is the last social event before everyone in the office departs and you definitely don’t want to start off a new year by having made a bad last impression in the previous one.
Start off the season by giving a gift to yourself, the gift of knowing the top 5 things you should never do at your company holiday party: Continue reading
You know those signs they post at parks and zoos that warn you not to feed the animals? The same goes for the workplace. Drama might seem entertaining from a distance, but up-close and personal, I promise you it isn’t pretty. There’s a rail around the exhibits for a reason, and the lions and gorillas are adorable, as long as they aren’t eating you alive…
I find it’s best to leave the wild beasts alone and avoid the drama at all costs. But sometimes, the drama isn’t always obvious. It might sneak up on you, disguised as something work-related. You might not notice until halfway through your meeting that in fact the only thing your team has managed to accomplish is to rank the interns in order of their hotness (or not-ness). Continue reading
There seems to be an unspoken “gym etiquette” code that some gym goers understand, while others seem to have missed the memo. But what are some of these unspoken rules?
Although I am sure there is an extensive list of gym etiquette somewhere out there, below are a few common rules I’ve picked up, or wished other people would have picked up on, from being a frequent gym goer. Continue reading
When taking your dog out in public, it’s always a good idea to be aware of your surroundings and especially mindful of others. A good rule of thumb for practicing good etiquette is to remember that not everyone likes dogs. Often times, it’s fairly easy to tell when someone is a dog lover, like if they welcome your dog’s licks; or if they are more timid around dogs, like when they try to keep some distance. If your dog is on the bigger side, be especially mindful of children and the elderly to avoid any accidents. Continue reading