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Business Etiquette: Who opens the door?

Who opens the door

Gender no longer determines who opens the door. Tyne & Wear Archives & Museums/Flickr

Manners such as please and thank you never go out of style, but etiquette isn’t etched in stone.  The majority of outdated customs stem from one thing…gender.  In today’s business world, gender no longer rules the day, rather professional standing or whether one is the host or visitor determines behavior.

The thing is, etiquette isn’t etched in stone. Social mores change over time. So some manners that would’ve been acceptable a few decades ago might make you look out-of-touch in a contemporary setting.

The rule of the day was for men to open the door for women.  The new guideline is whoever gets to the door first, regardless of gender should open the door and hold it for the person behind him or her.  The savvy junior executive will get to the door before the senior executive and hold the door.

When it comes to etiquette and good business practice, be courteous to everyone.  Kindness goes a long way when it comes to success.

 

How to build your EQ

Build your EQA little trick for building your EQ…The next time you get frustrated with someone, ask a simple question: Do you believe the person is doing the very best that they can? An empathy builder for sure…and a clear path to being more accepting of others…very good arsenal for your manners bucket.