Sarah Sands “I keep work and home entirely separate… Keep emotions out of the workplace. You should always be civil and considerate to your colleagues, as it’s not the place for emotional dramas and hurt feelings.”
[Sarah Sands, quote from ‘Grazia’ magazine January 18, 2010]
We all work with colleagues, whether we communicate with them face-to-face, by e-mail or telephone. It does concern me that communication by text or social media – particularly Twitter – is open to emotional response simply because of the limit on word count. Never type in an e-mail/text/tweet something you would not say to someone’s face.
When I first became a magazine editor and had to manage staff for the first time, I pinned this to my corkboard where I could see it: Honey achieves more than Vinegar. I don’t know the derivation of the saying, it may be an old proverb. There is an American version: “You catch more flies with honey than you do with vinegar.” I’m not sure about the flies analogy but the proverb applies pretty much to life, I think not just the workplace.
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