Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Etiquette Wednesday

Q: You’re planning an office shower for your pregnant colleague. What’s the best way to collect money for a group gift?

A: Announce that you’ll be choosing a group gift and that those wishing to help should come to you with donations. As the host, you handle the invites and snacks-but leave donations up to each guest. While a group gift is convenient, someone may prefer giving on her own. To help individual givers, find out a few things from the guest of honor: whether she’s registered, what baby items she already has, and whether it’s a boy or a girl (if she knows and is spilling the beans).

Q: While waiting for a treadmill at the gym, you notice that one jogger has gone over the 20-minute courtesy limit. What do you do?

A: Politely ask the woman to wrap up her workout so others can have a turn. Assuming that the time limit is prominently posted, speak directly to the jogger. She may have figured she’d just stay on the machine until someone asked her to get off. Or maybe she’s not aware of the rule, in spite of the signs. Whichever the case, go with a friendly “Excuse me, did you know there’s a 20-minute time limit on the treadmills? Do you think you’ll be finished soon?” If that doesn’t work, then you’ll have to go to the manager.

via Emily Post.

Pugs & Kisses,


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