By Randy | April 29, 2009
Thanks to livemint.com for this:
1. Greet people, especially lift men, security guards, canteen boys,
cleaners. A namaste or a Hi is necessary. A little small talk won’t do
any harm. A former colleague, raised in the U.S., never failed to do
small talk with lift and elevator operators.
2. Greet colleagues in corridors, near the coffee machine, near the
photo-copier with a smile and a quick Hi. A “How are you doing” can be
3. Men: let ladies get out and into lifts and doors first. This is
important no matter what positon you are in the company. Hold doors
open. For an explanation of why, read the comments on the slide-show on
Obama. Men and ladies both: don’t get into lifts till all passengers
are out, even if you are in a great rush.
4. Desk mates, don’t creep into each other’s space. If your chairs
are close to each other, manoeuvre yours while getting up or sitting
down to avoid hitting your neighbour’s chair.
5. Don’t stare at colleagues’ computer screens or try to peek into their mail. It is intrusive.
6. Discussing the movie you watched yesterday while your desk mate is trying to beat a deadline is irritating.
7. My best interviews were those where editors walked me to the
office door, stepping outside their cabin to do so. It sends a very
strong message of sheer friendliness after a nerve-racking process.
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