According to a few studies Americans lack in Civility.… Do you agree?
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Here is a great article form the Boston Globe which discusses incivility in the workplace and Congress. What do you think? Is there a problem?
Maine Senator Olympia Snowe is just the latest example in politics and business to demonstrate the ugly effects of incivility. She said last week that she is not going to seek another term in the US Congress.
The three-term Republican senator did not make her decision because she was facing a difficult reelection bid. Instead, she blamed the intense and sometimes destructive partisanship in Washington. That, in a nutshell, is the problem with incivility. At a certain point, people say, “No more. I don’t have to put up with caustic, vitriolic, negative behavior.’’ And they disengage, refuse to serve, quit their jobs.
It’s not just in politics that incivility causes a problem. In business, it is costly to replace a worker. There’s downtime between when a person leaves and a qualified replacement is hired. There’s a learning curve for the replacement.
While businesses don’t expect to keep a worker from leaving for a good reason — a better position, a relocation — good businesses ensure that employees don’t leave for preventable reasons. When a person leaves because of incivility, that’s preventable.
And it should be unacceptable to the American public. I can accept any elected official’s decision to return to private life; what is unacceptable to me is a resignation caused by the atmosphere in Congress. The atmosphere of the past few years is reflected in Congress’ steadily declining approval rating, which hit a record low of 11 percent in December 2011. It is time to demand civil behavior from Congress.
Rudeness and incivility in the workplace — and Congress — are preventable. Prevention begins by changing the workplace culture and that means change must be embraced from the top down. That change is grounded in three powerful principles that should govern interactions in the workplace: be considerate, be respectful, and be honest.
It’s time for congressional leaders to recognize that the current culture is toxic and to take responsibility for restoring civility in the House and Senate.
Written By: Peter Post
Fox News Channel’s The Five, co-host Bob Beckel expressed his displeasure with Representative Allen West’s comments about the Democrats at the Lincoln Day Dinner. Mr. Beckel continuously referred to Representative West as Mr. West while criticizing his views. Co-host Eric Bowling correctly pointed out to Beckel that he should be referring to Allen West as Representative or Lt Col Allen West because he had earned both titles.
Here is what etiquette states:
Although Representative or Congressman/Congresswoman are not traditional honorific titles, they do express the person’s current position and can be used to refer to the person.
The formal form of Mr. (name) or Ms. (name) should be used when addressing an envelope as shown below.
United States House of Representatives
The proper form for Lieutenant Colonel would be Lt Col without periods. You do not need to use Retired unless you were addressing an official envelope. In which case you should use “…
Clarkson, USAF Retired” or “…Clarkson, USAF Ret.”
See examples below for the differences between an official envelope and a social envelope.
Formal forms for an “official” envelope would be:
Lieutenant Colonel Joe M. Clarkson, USAF, Retired
and Mrs. Clarkson
Formal forms for a “social” envelope would be:
Lieutenant Colonel Joe M. Clarkson
and Mrs. Clarkson
Lt Col Joe M. Clarkson
and Mrs. Clarkson
Whether you agree or disagree with someone, you should show them the proper respect by referring to them using the title(s) they have earned.
As we get older, Valentine’s Day looms larger and larger. Either we are with someone special and feel the angst of making the day extra special or we are alone and feel worse because we have nobody to celebrate with. It doesn’t have to feel this way. With a little forethought and planning, Valentine’s Day can be fun for everyone. Review our tips below to help add a little fun to your Valentine’s Day.
Planning ahead can remove the anxiety from Valentine’s Day. Talking with your partner about Valentine’s Day plans will help ease the stress from both of you and will lead to an improved celebration. Also, if you are single plan an event with friends because they may be single as well and the companionship will benefit you both.
Before conducting business in foreign countries, it is important to familiarize yourself with the customs and cultures of that country. What is acceptable here in the United States may be taboo in that country. By preparing ahead of time, you will lessen the risk of embarrassing yourself and sticking your foot in your mouth and potentially damaging your business relationship. President Obama is currently making his first official visit to Australia and kudos to him for taking the time to familiarize himself with some common jargon. During a speech at the Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, President Obama worked in Australian jargon terms like earbashing and sticky wickets while talking about the relationship between the United States and Australia. Having used these jargon terms correctly, President Obama has shown that he prides himself in preparing himself for business in other countries and hopefully this will improve our foreign policy and help get us out of our sticky economic situation