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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.

Global Gift Giving in Southern Europe

By |2018-10-11T14:54:32-05:00November 30th, 2017|Bridging the Cultural Divide, Business Etiquette, Career Tips, Central America, Cross-Cultural, Culture, Europe, gift-giving, Global Celebrations, global competency, Global Etiquette, Global Traditions, Gracious Living, Holiday Season, Italy, Lifestyle, Modern Manners, Traveling Etiquette, Workplace Etiquette|

Absorb wisdom and educate others about global gifting tips to increase your cross-cultural understanding of the world.

Global Gift Giving in Northern Europe

By |2018-10-11T14:54:33-05:00November 29th, 2017|Cross-Cultural, Europe, Finland, gift-giving, Global Celebrations, global competency, Global Etiquette, Global Traditions, Gracious Living, Holiday Season, Ireland, Lifestyle, Modern Manners, Relationship Building, Traveling Etiquette, Workplace Etiquette|

While gifts are not traditionally exchanged between business associates in this region, the holiday season is a wonderful opportunity to express gratitude and goodwill with a culturally-appropriate token.

Global Gift Giving Customs in Central & Eastern Europe

By |2018-10-11T14:54:33-05:00November 28th, 2017|avoiding international blunders, Bridging the Cultural Divide, Business Etiquette, Career Tips, Cross-Cultural, Cross-Cultural Tips for Doing Business in, Culture, Europe, gift-giving, Global Celebrations, global competency, Gracious Living, Holiday Parties, Holiday Season, Lifestyle, Modern Manners, Networking, Relationship Building, Traveling Etiquette, Workplace Etiquette|

As part three of cross-cultural gift giving worldwide, let’s explore the different implications when giving and receiving gifts in Central and Eastern Europe (CEECs), as defined by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). The countries included in CEECs are Albania, Bulgaria, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, the Slovak Republic, Slovenia, and the three Baltic States: Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania.

Global Gift Giving in Western Europe

By |2018-10-11T14:54:33-05:00November 27th, 2017|Bridging the Cultural Divide, Business Etiquette, Culture, gift-giving, Global Etiquette, Gracious Living, Lifestyle, Modern Manners, Social Etiquette|

Western European countries do not consider gift giving as a common practice among business associates. It will be important to know this culture of gift-giving in order to avoid misinterpretations when meeting your international business partner(s) for the first time.

Global Gift Giving Customs in the U.S. & Asia

By |2018-10-11T14:54:33-05:00November 24th, 2017|Asia, Bridging the Cultural Divide, Business Etiquette, Career Tips, Cross-Cultural, gift-giving, global competency, Global Etiquette, Global Traditions, Holiday Parties, Holiday Season, Lifestyle, Modern Manners|

As part one of several global gift giving posts and in honor of November’s National Gratitude Month, let’s explore how to give the most appropriate and heartfelt gift to your global business partners to show your gratitude.

Dreaming of a Green Holiday

By |2018-10-11T14:54:33-05:00November 22nd, 2017|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Business and the Environment, Culture, gift-giving, Global Traditions, Gracious Living, Holiday Parties, Holiday Season, Lifestyle, Millennials, Modern Manners, Observances - Monthly & Daily, Relationships, Social Etiquette, US Observances|

In addition to encouraging self-serve, saving leftovers, and avoiding preparing an excessive amount of food, composting is a relatively simple and low-cost way to minimize waste and help out the environment during the holidays.

Celebrating Tribes at Powwows

By |2018-10-11T14:54:34-05:00November 21st, 2017|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Austin, Bridging the Cultural Divide, Cross-Cultural, Gracious Living, Indigenous Peoples, Lifestyle, Self-Awareness, Social Etiquette, Traveling Etiquette, United States|

In Austin, Texas a powwow occurred on November 4, 2017 and our intern Esther Sanchez attended. Here she shares her observations and we share cultural insight.

Navigating the Holiday Season with Your Significant Other

By |2018-10-11T14:54:34-05:00November 20th, 2017|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Cross-Cultural, Culture, gift-giving, Global Traditions, Gracious Living, Holiday Parties, Holiday Season, Lifestyle, Millennials, Modern Manners, Relationship Building, Relationships, Religious Celebrations, Self-Awareness, Social Etiquette, Wine Etiquette, Workplace Etiquette|

There may be no specific right or wrong way for families to spend the holidays together, but there could be better ways for you to approach holiday traditions and expectations.

3 Practical Tips To Stay Active At Work

By |2018-10-11T14:54:34-05:00November 17th, 2017|Annual Monthly or Day Observance, Business Etiquette, Career Tips, Gracious Living, Holiday Season, Lifestyle, Modern Manners, Observances - Monthly & Daily, Office Culture, Self-Awareness, Social Etiquette, TX Business Etiquette, United States, Women in Business, Workplace Etiquette|

In spirit of November 17 National Take A Hike Day, learn 3 ways you can stay active at work and the numerous health benefits you can gain.

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