Most people who work in an office setting have opportunities to socialize with colleagues after- hours. These gatherings can mean connecting with co-workers in a more relaxed environment.
But Sharon Schweitzer, founder of Protocol & Etiquette Worldwide and an expert on business etiquette, said the occasions can turn disastrous if participants fail to follow a few rules.
She sent out a press release that includes 10 pointers, and the following is a sampling of the best of the bunch.
- Pay attention to office culture pertaining to alcohol consumption. “Take time to research, adjust and learn about what is acceptable, expected and comfortable for you and your colleagues.”
- Show up. “Research shows that by not attending after-work activities with colleagues, employees can be perceived by their peers as disconnected and even uninterested.”
- Bring conversation starters. “Asking questions about sports, movies, books, vacation, travel and pets are good topics that focus the conversation on others.” Don’t gossip or talk shop.
- Dress sharply and authentically. “A work party is an extension of the professional workday and is still a business setting.
- Turn the phone off. “Focus on the people at the event.”
- Don’t loosen up too much. “Keep in mind that there is a thin line between sharing happy stories about your personal life and divulging inappropriate information.”
- Don’t do as the boss does. “Perhaps your boss really lets loose at events, clearly violating these key etiquette guidelines. That does not mean you should do the same.”
Waco-based economist Ray Perryman provided an interesting take on employment figures for the month of January, which saw employment in Texas rise by 51,300 jobs.
“In the more than 30 years that I have been writing this weekly epistle, I could probably count on one hand the number of times that I have focused on a single number and have fingers left over. This week, however, I am making an exception,” Perryman said in his Perryman Group newsletter dated March 20.
He said there have been only a few months in the past decade when job gains exceeded 50,000, “so this is noteworthy indeed.” During the worst of the oil downturn in 2015, the state gained fewer than 156,000 jobs all year, he said, so a month with an increase of nearly one-third of that amount is very positive.
The Texas gain was almost 22 percent of the national total of 238,000 new jobs for January. Florida added slightly more jobs in January, with 54,300. Texas was second, and New York was a distant third with 28,700 jobs added. California was up by 9,700.
Price cut for campus
The former Texas Christian Academy campus at 816-819 N. New Road remains on the market, and the price has been trimmed from $895,000 to $875,000, according to Brad Harrell, whose Harrell & Associates is listing the property.
Adam Voight, director of marketing and research for Harrell & Associates, said the price reduction “has created more interest in the property, even from out-of-town buyers.”
The TCA campus is made up of one large building and five smaller buildings totaling 30,708 square feet on 4.1 acres. The parking area covers 1.3 acres and can accommodate 100 vehicles.
Officials with Texas Christian Academy announced in January the school, which has been teaching youngsters in grades six to 12 for nearly 17 years, would be closing.
Pollei Design, a Waco-based graphic design and marketing firm, received the coveted “Best of Show” award at the recent Central Texas Advertising Federation Addy Awards held in Temple.
Pollei Design was recognized for its work representing the Baylor University Hankamer School of Business. The award is based on scores for the most outstanding piece among all entries.
The Addy Awards are an annual recognition of the top advertising and marketing efforts produced during the previous year. The local award show is the first step in a national recognition process. Best of Show and Gold entries will be forwarded to a district show in April, which is followed by a national competition in June.