Observances – Monthly & Daily

National Etiquette Week: Phasing Out Phubbing

By |2018-10-11T14:54:23-05:00May 8th, 2018|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Lifestyle, Millennials, Modern Manners, Observances - Monthly & Daily, Phone Etiquette and Protocol, Relationships, Self-Awareness, Social Etiquette, Technology/Gear, U.S. Holidays, US Observances|

From social media sound-offs and flash news updates, to texts and live streams, our screens tend to attract more of our attention than the offline world. The information age offers incredible opportunities to stay connected and up to date. What happens when our digital devices overtake our real-life interactions? It turns out that there’s a [...]

Modern Manners 2018: Mother’s Day

By |2018-10-11T14:54:24-05:00May 1st, 2018|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Global Celebrations, Modern Manners, Observances - Monthly & Daily, Relationships, U.S. Holidays, United States, US Observances|

Whether it’s your mom, stepmom, aunt, grandmother, longtime mentor, or a cherished friend, mothers are often our loudest cheerleaders, our strongest support, and our greatest inspiration. On May 13, families across the U.S. come together to honor and appreciate all the women who sacrifice their time and energy for our wellbeing and success. While some [...]

Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month: 4 Ways to Celebrate

By |2018-10-11T14:54:24-05:00April 30th, 2018|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Asia, Asian Pacific, Cross-Cultural, Cultural Snapshot, Culture, Japan, Observances - Monthly & Daily, US Observances|

Since 1979, U.S. Americans have celebrated the contributions and culture of Asian-Pacific Americans throughout our country’s history. Originally a ten-day celebration in May, the observance was extended to include the entire month in 1990 as Asian-Pacific American Heritage Month was signed into law. May includes many important anniversaries in Asian-Pacific American history, including the first [...]

Golden Week 2018: Honoring the Four Festivals

By |2018-10-11T14:54:24-05:00April 25th, 2018|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Asia, Cross-Cultural, Culture, Global Celebrations, Global Traditions, International Holidays, Japan, Observances - Monthly & Daily|

From April 28 to May 6, Japan enjoys a week of historical holidays and lively cultural traditions as the country observes Golden Week (ゴールデンウィーク). The National Holiday Laws of 1948 declared four official holidays concentrated at the end of April and the beginning of May. During this period, businesses across Japan enjoyed a rise in [...]

5 Must Know Petiquette Tips for High-Rise or Apartment Living

By |2018-10-11T14:54:24-05:00April 11th, 2018|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Gracious Living, Lifestyle, Millennials, Modern Manners, Observances - Monthly & Daily, Pet Etiquette, Self-Awareness, US Observances|

Whether you’re a cat’s companion or a dog’s best friend, your furball has a special spirit of their own - that’s what makes them such wonderful company! On April 11, we celebrate National Pet Day. Although we love our furry friends, living right next door to a canine’s 5 a.m. bark or underneath the constant [...]

National Humor Month: Four Tips for Culturally-Sensitive Humor

By |2018-10-11T14:54:26-05:00April 6th, 2018|avoiding international blunders, Business and the Environment, Business Etiquette, Career Tips, Cross-Cultural, Culture, Intercultural, intercultural competence, Language and Culture, Observances - Monthly & Daily, Office Culture, Self-Awareness, US Observances, Workplace Diversity, Workplace Etiquette|

From harmless puns and silly memes, to stereotypical jokes and shady sarcasm, humor is a diverse concept with a slightly different meaning for everyone. Whether you consider yourself a born jokester, or prefer to keep a serious profile, it’s vital to understand humor’s place in a professional environment, especially if the workplace is multicultural. As [...]

Stress Awareness Month: 5 Tips for Overcoming Office Stress

By |2018-10-11T14:54:27-05:00April 2nd, 2018|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Business and the Environment, Career Tips, Lifestyle, Observances - Monthly & Daily, Self-Awareness, Stress, US Observances|

The U.S. is internationally known for its “work hard, play hard” mentality. While not at the top of the list, and many consider the U.S. American workplace to be among the most stressful worldwide. In fact, in 2017 Forbes ranked the US as the second most competitive country worldwide, and a survey by Monster revealed [...]

Global Valentine’s Day Celebrations

By |2018-10-11T14:54:29-05:00February 9th, 2018|Brazil, Cross-Cultural, Culture, Europe, Global Celebrations, Global Traditions, Holiday Season, Intercultural, International Holidays, Legends and Myths, Middle East, Middle East Culture, Muslim Culture and Traditions, Observances - Monthly & Daily, Relationships|

We’re familiar with the classic gift exchange on February 14 between couples in the U.S., but did you know nations worldwide celebrate Valentine’s Day with beloved traditions and unique twists? The following four countries have a unique Valentine Day origins, beliefs, and celebrations. Afghanistan Most regions of the Middle East discourage a celebration that may [...]

All Your Canadian Boxing Day Questions Answered

By |2018-10-11T14:54:31-05:00December 15th, 2017|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Canada, Canadian Traditions, Cross-Cultural, Culture and Commercialism, Customer Service Etiquette, gift-giving, Global Celebrations, Global Etiquette, Global Traditions, Gracious Living, Holiday Season, International Holidays, International Travel Tips, Lifestyle, Modern Manners, Observances - Monthly & Daily|

The day after Christmas, December 26th, is an annual holiday known as “Boxing Day” celebrated in several countries in the British Commonwealth.

Five Common Handwashing Mistakes in the Workplace

By |2018-10-11T14:54:32-05:00December 1st, 2017|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Business and the Environment, Business Etiquette, Career Tips, Coffee, Customer Service Etiquette, Gracious Living, Houseguest Etiquette, Lifestyle, Millennials, Modern Manners, Observances - Monthly & Daily, Office Culture, Social Etiquette, Workplace Etiquette|

The winter months are prime time for many common illnesses. If offices work together to promote thorough handwashing, employees might avoid strep throat or the flu.

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