January 3, 2007 Edition

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New Year's office resolutions

By Linda Lou Moore
Guest Writer

When we think of New Year's Resolutions, we think of change. These types of resolutions often mean change. Making small modifications or major changes will help to make life easier for you and for others.

Civility in the office can certainly make office life easier. For most, small offices, crowded desks and cramped cubicles are all a part of the office setting. Working in these conditions several hours a day can certainly be trying and often too close for comfort. If you think about it, this small space is ~ "Home away from home."

When working with others in small office spaces, it is always a good idea to:

(A) Assume everyone is on the same schedule as you.

(B) Always borrow your colleagues' items without asking their permission. After all, you need the materials more than they do.

(C) Make certain that you do all personal grooming at your desk. No one would want to miss that.

(D) Respect your co-worker's privacy and office space.

If you answered, " R-E-S-P-E-C-T," Aretha Franklin would be pleased.

If you spend most of your time in this type of environment, following a few guidelines can make the office atmosphere much more pleasant.

You may not be able to choose the size of your office or your workspace, but by practicing office etiquette you can make office life easier.

Linda Lou Moore of Paragould is trained and certified by The Protocol School of Washington, Washington, D.C. She offers customized individual and group etiquette programs for children, teens and adults. She may be reached at Post Office Box 145, Paragould, AR 72451 or at manners@grnco.net.

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