One of the benefits of having a blog is that you can vent.
I know, I know, dear editor, that this is probably not what I am paid for.
But you gave me this forum and tonight I’m peeved.
Call it a symptom of a crumbling economy, an offshoot of election week jitters, or a general crumbling of social norms…whatever it is, I’ve seen a surfeit of rudeness this week and I’m tired of it.
And so, for the sake of educating my readers (and blowing off steam) I’m going to offer a brief guide to business etiquette, called “What You Should Say When…”
1) A colleague is fired: “I’m so sorry to hear you were let go. I wish you the best of luck in the future.” Then add something nice, like “I always appreciated your sense of humor” or “I think you really have a talent” or “Your project schedules were awesome.”
2) A colleague suffers a death in the family: “I’m very sorry to hear about your loss. Is there anything I can do to help you?”
3) A colleague has to miss a meeting because she’s sick or injured or her water heater just exploded in her basement: “Go! Take care of yourself! I’ll fill you in on what you missed when you get back to the office.”
4) A colleague is unable to make a party/baseball game/other recreational event due to other commitments: “Oh we’ll miss you! Really wish you could come!”
5) A colleague who WAS unable to make a party/baseball game/other recreational event: “We really missed you on Saturday! It was fun, but it would have been more fun if you were there.”
That’s my list for tonight. I may add five more tomorrow after I brood on this topic some more.