Respect and Manners are our common bonds as civilized people. Please see www.janpolk.com
for information on Respect Awards for children, teenagers, and adults. This project is sponsored by artist Jan Polk.
1. Indiscreet email is forever. Don't write anything you would not want to be made public. You can delete it from your files, but it is traceable, reproducible, and the recipient has the ability to Forward. Your place of business can monitor any email that originates on company computers.
2. Keep your right hand free and dry for shaking hands when at a cocktail party. Have appetizers first, then a drink; it isn't smart to drink alcohol on an empty stomach. Stand between the buffet and the entrance for maximum visibility.
3. Afternoon Tea is as useful for business as it is in social life. It doesn't have to cut into personal time, interrupt business hours, or involve alcohol. After a 45 minute tea, you can return to the office energized. It's also good for networking.
4. High Tea may sound fancier, but it is a working class tradition that is served after 5 p.m., includes heartier food, and replaces supper. Afternoon Tea is served between 3 and 5 p.m. with small sandwiches (crusts trimmed) and decorative cakes. You still get a full dinner later.
5. The secrets of another family member should not be told outside the family. If your wife wears a wig, or your husband snores in front of the TV, or your sister failed her driver's test for the third time, keep quiet. We need to be able to trust our family. Besides, they know your secrets.