WASHINGTON - Rosalinda Randall was walking with a coworker who let out a smelly when she came up with the title of her new book, 'Don't Burp in the Boardroom.'
The etiquette expert thought to herself -- this is where it begins. It’s the little lessons -- like not burping in front of coworkers -- which still need to be taught in workplaces around the country.
Some of the most common etiquette mistakes, Randall said, have to do with lack of hygiene, wearing proper attire, professional presentation, and gossiping in the office. She said addressing these problems can sometimes be difficult to deal with.
She suggests first approaching the etiquette offender privately and asking them to correct their bad behavior. If your complaints are falling on deaf ears – it may be time to approach your supervisor. If you still have gotten no resolution to the problem -- a trip to HR may be necessary -- but consider this option a last resort.
"Etiquette to me is really an attitude," Randall says. She bases etiquette on traits like being courteous, respectful, being considerate of others and being tactful.
And what about workplace relationships? You need to be careful – some workplaces forbid them and other places require you to report them to management.
Get more of Rosalinda’s workplace tips and find out more about the book, 'Don't Burp in the Boardroom: Your Guide to Handling Uncommonly Common Workplace Dilemmas': http://rosalindarandall.com/