A number of years ago, when I was working for a large, Seattle-based e-commerce company, my wife and I traveled to England for the wedding of my college roommate. While at dinner, we made small talk …
Even if you missed the season premiere of Saturday Night Live a few weeks ago, you probably saw the skit called The Millennials, which took a certain generation to task on their workplace conduct. Casual dress, the hunched posture that comes with near incessant smartphone interaction, and an entitled lack of self awareness that's become synonymous with the so-called "Me Me Me" generation. But is this merely a caricature of bad stereotype, or is it true that we literally cannot even get workplace etiquette right?
In the workplace, there's a fine line between joking around and being offensive -- and there's always that one co-worker who just doesn't seem to get it. If you find yourself being put in uncomfortable situations due to a colleague's lack of manners, then you'll want to read on to see how you can professionally and effectively handle your officemate's distasteful behavior.
The best thing about working with people is that you'll never be bored. The worst thing is that sometimes, boredom seems preferable to what you have to deal with from your fellow humans. For example, everyone's had that boss who was apparently out sick on Appropriate Behavior Day during management training.
Signing off as "Salty" instead of "Sally." Including 18 line items in your signature block, including your parents' home number. Forgetting that you already pushed "send" on your daily e-mail to your mom, and closing the subsequent e-mail to your boss with, "Love, Sean XOXO." Realizing that upon sending said e-mail to your boss, you accidentally hit "reply all" and thus also sent your hugs and kisses to your entire team. The ways we can bungle a professional e-mail are endless and there is arguably no worse way than how we sign off.