it’s time to be civil (24)

 

# 15. Respect other people’s space. … One of the most elementary ways of being considerate is by respecting personal space. Leave enough room between yourself and others so that they won’t feel uncomfortable or intimidated. … Standing at an appropriate distance from others is a part of poise, which gives strength and authority to your words. …

What is certainly rude … is to position your car so that it occupies two parking spaces instead of one. I may be wrong, but it seems to me that this is happening more frequently than it used to. Unauthorized parking in the spaces for the handicapped is a similar breach of civility that seems to be on the rise. There is simply no excuse for it. …

Respecting others’ territory at work is also a must. Make it part of your professional identity. … Keep your voice low … Use a conference room for teamwork … Whenever you need to talk to coworkers … don’t just step into their cubicles with your problem at the ready … rather ask if you may come in and if they have time to talk.

Choosing Civility: The Twenty-Five Rules of Considerate Conduct by P.M. Forni (St. Martin’s Press, 2002); pp. 100,102-103

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