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Things to Know About Good Manners

April 24, 2012 | Comments: 0 | Views: 209

There was a time when the southern portion of the United States was known for the good manners that its people showed to each other, and to strangers. The southern people were raised to be polite, and to respect the other person, and to above all use their manners. So what are manners?

Manners are the way that you show other people that you have respect for them, for their belongings, for their ideas, and most of all for the work they do. It does not matter if you are speaking with the man that sweeps the floor at the grocery store, or if you are speaking to the man behind the counter of the gas station, or if you are speaking to the bank president, they each deserve your respect because they are doing an honest day's work.

One way that we show respect to others is by saying ma'am and sir when we address them. When the waitress at the restaurant ask you if you would like to have a drink you should answer "yes, ma'am" or "no, ma'am" rather than saying "yeah". In this same situation it would be perfectly acceptable for you to simply answer the waitress by simply saying "please" or saying "no, thank you".

When you address people with respect and consideration you will find that they will respond to you with equal respect. Undoubtedly as a child you heard the old saying "do unto others as you would have them do unto you". This statement is truer than you ever realized. A person greeted with kindness and compassion will likewise respond with kindness and compassion. A person greeted with hostility will likewise respond with hostility.

Using good manners can create a more pleasant work environment for you. If you greet each person with kindness they will respond favorably. When you want to borrow something from another person's desk, and then be sure you ask permission. Make certain you return the object you borrowed promptly, and say thank you when you return it. Hold the elevator door when you see someone coming, even if you are in a hurry. The entire workplace will be a happier environment if the people in it use their manners and treat each other nicely.

There are a few phrases that everyone should know. These include:

• Yes, ma'am • No, ma'am • Yes, sir • No, sir • Thank you, ma'am • Thank you, sir • Please, ma'am • Please, sir

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