Today's column -- a 3-fer -- is online here.
And I also wrote a huge feature on etiquette for every stage of your career, from job interview to retirement party. Samples:
CAN I DRINK AT THE COMPANY PARTY? The secret to enjoying a company party is to give up any expectations attached to the word "party," like spontaneity and pleasure. Instead, pretend you're playing the role of Serious Businessperson on the Rise (while juggling bacon-wrapped scallops). You can have one drink--one! Eat and drink only that which will not disagree with you intestinally and which can be consumed gracefully.
SHOULD I BE A REFERENCE FOR A FRIEND WHO ISN'T QUALIFIED?
Don't do it. It won't be good for you, your friend, or anyone else, up to and possibly including the company's stockholders. If a friend's qualifications are empirically wrong, be upfront: "They want someone with a master's for the job, and they won't budge." If it's a more subjective thing, talk about "fit" and "expectations" until your buddy moves on.
Got career questions of your own? Send them in! Also, I'll be on WGBH 89.7s "Boston Public Radio" with Jim and Margery Monday at 1:30, talking career etiquette and taking questions. Join us!
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