Resignation Letter Etiquette: Do’s and Don’ts

Whether you need to quit your job because you are going back to school or have found a better opportunity somewhere else, it’s a common courtesy to hand in a Resignation Letter to tell your employer that you are leaving your position. Generally, you want the outcome of your resignation to result in the least amount of animosity possible between you and your former boss or supervisor.

Taking the time to write a Resignation Letter that is polite and straightforward is a good idea, especially if you plan to ask for a professional reference down the road. In this post, we’ll discuss some common do’s and don’ts for you to consider before you start writing your notice letter.

Do: Give Notice That You Are Leaving

Although there are probably no actual laws in your state requiring that you tell your employer you are leaving your job since most states have adopted at-will employment standards, it is good practice to give notice anyway. You should include your notice time frame in your Resignation Letter.

Keep in mind that some employment contracts specify requirements for termination, which means that you might be obligated to give a certain amount of notice that you are leaving in order to maintain a good reputation with that employer or within your industry.

How much notice should I give when I quit my job?

Typically, people give their employer two weeks’ notice that they are quitting their job. The two weeks normally starts from the day you deliver your Resignation Letter. However, the amount of notice that you need to give may vary depending on the terms set out in your Employment Contract.

Don’t: Include Emotional Language in Your Resignation Letter

When you’re writing your Resignation Letter, it’s important to remember that positivity is always the best policy—even if you don’t actually feel that way about your job or boss.

What should I say in my Resignation Letter?

Your Resignation Letter should include only the details you absolutely need it to—so leave out anything too specific. For example, instead of saying, “I strongly dislike so and so and that’s why I decided to get a different job.” say, “I found a new opportunity” and leave it at that.

For more examples of reasons you are leaving your job, you could say that you:

  • Are going back to school
  • Have found a different opportunity elsewhere
  • Want to make a career change to a different industry
  • Are exploring new opportunities for career growth
  • Are moving
  • Are retiring

Do: Give Your Resignation Notice to Your Manager

Best practice for handing in your Resignation Letter is to give it directly to your manager or supervisor, in person. If this isn’t possible, for example, if you work remotely or your manager is away, it might be appropriate to send your resignation via email or even letter mail. The way you choose to submit your resignation will likely depend on how quickly you want your notice to be received.

Don’t: Give Your Resignation Notice by Text or Social Media

It’s not typically appropriate to give your notice through text message or social media. They are considered informal forms of communication and can contribute to making the message seem more negative and unprofessional to the recipient.

Resigning Professionally

Making the choice to leave your job can bring a variety of emotions from sadness to excitement. The best thing you can do for yourself professionally is to take the time to be mindful of what to include in your Resignation Letter so that you are only saying what you need to, and not allowing your thoughts about leaving to take away from the professionalism of your letter.


Do you have tips for writing a Resignation Letter? Share them in the comments!

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Etiquette Tips for the Office Gym and the Gym Near the Office

gym near the office etiquette (and office gym etiquette tips)Here’s a topic we haven’t talked about in forever: what are your best tips office gym etiquette? Whether your workplace has a gym for employees, there’s a gym near the office so you always see coworkers there before, after, or during work — or you’re traveling with coworkers and see them at the hotel gym — what are the dos and don’ts? (ARE there any in 2018?) We’ve talked about a lot of office to gym issues in the past, including how to fit in mid-day workoutswhat to wear to workout in front of your coworkers, and how to handle workouts near the office — and we kind of discussed whether leggings with “daring” mesh cutouts were appropriate in our recent conversation on comfortable workwear for late nights.

So let’s discuss! Various questions:

  • do you really care about how much “cooldown” time you’ve got as a buffer between your gym time, or are you cool to go to a meeting with your cheeks flushed and some sweat still in your hair?
  • If you exercise at a gym before work, is wet hair at work ever acceptable?
  • Are there certain things you won’t wear to the office gym (e.g., bra tops, short shorts, leggings with mesh cutouts, graphic t-shirts, 80s-inspired workout headbands)?
  • Are there any workouts you won’t do in the office gym, like preferring not to do a bouncy aerobics class in a windowed room?
  • Similar to our discussion of the dos and don’ts for salons near the office — do you try to avoid dumping a lot of work on your subordinates and then working out in a more public spot like something viewed from the windows (or being seen in the office hallways with workout gear on)?

For my $ .02, I’ve seen more men make gaffes with “gym near the office etiquette” — I remember one older partner regularly coming into work at like 9 AM straight from his shower at the gym up the street with his shirt completely unbuttoned so his bare chest was on full view… and while I’m not sure it’s a gaffe or not, I do remember one more junior partner who would dump a bunch of work on me and my team members and then loudly announce he had a 4 PM spin class to get to. (Good for him for fitting exercise into his busy day… just maybe keep it more vague?)

All right, ladies, let’s hear from you — what are your thoughts on corporate gym and gym near the office etiquette?

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Working out near your workplace is a great way to fit exercise into a busy day -- but there are some business etiquette issues to know about! These are some of the top things to consider for office gym etiquette and gym near the office etiquette...

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The airplane etiquette: what to do and what to avoid in a plane


Airplane travel is never comfortable, and there are very few people who actually enjoy flights of any length. No matter the country, no matter the airline, no matter the flight length, there will always be certain aspects of flying that you hate. So what is Airplane Etiquette? What do you do, and what do you avoid in a plane?

Think a few steps ahead

There’s nothing worse than the line at security. Waiting for twenty minutes in line in a hot and claustrophobic room, worried you’re going to set the buzzer off (even though you know you won’t) is made even worse when the people in front of you are up next and are all of a tizz, and completely unprepared for the screening process. Making yourself more prepared while you’re in line can cut your waiting time down drastically. So take off your shoes, take off any coats, take everything out of your pockets and put your bags in one of the trays… and voila, you’re on the other side.

If you need to recline your chair, be polite

So you’re sitting comfortably in your assigned seat when *BASH* – the person in front of you has reclined their seat right into your knees. Taking advantage of reclining seats is a must, especially for long-haul flights, but be courteous about it. If you can, let the person behind you know that you are about to recline your seat. Or even better, ask them! This way they can be prepared, and you can get full use out of your recliner chair without having to deal with the ‘accidental’ kicks in the chair you receive during your flight.

Be aware of your children

Children aren’t easily controlled, and we all sympathize with this. However, letting your child run up and down the aisle, scream, or jump over the occupied seats is not going to make your other passengers very happy. Children are the parent’s responsibility, and it is important to keep them in check. We appreciate this isn’t always feasible, but we also appreciate the effort.

Plan your convenience breaks at a convenient time

Going to the toilet is not something you can plan very well. And needing a wee is an inevitable eventuality. But knowing when to and when not to go up to the bathroom is what makes a good passenger a great passenger. If you see the cabin crews walking down the aisle with their food cart, then it is not a good time to get up and try and wiggle your way through to the other end of the airplane. Always try to get up when the aisles are clear.

Get off the plane calmly and efficiently

Everyone is eager to get off the airplane as quickly as possible when you land – it’s not just you. If the doors have yet to open, don’t all crowd down to them, as this will hinder the process. Instead, get off in a calm, orderly fashion. This will even make the whole process go quicker, and you’ll be out of the glorified tin can in no time.

Don’t force conversations

A lot of people use airplane journeys as a chance to relax, listen to some music, watch some good movies or read a good book. The last thing anyone wants is a seat neighbor trying to force a conversation or friendship out of them if they don’t want it. Exchange niceties, a few hello’s and greetings, but gage their reaction. If they don’t want to talk to you and are not engaging, it’s pretty obvious they don’t want to talk. If they do carry on the conversation then great, you’ve made a new friend!

Don’t use up all of the space in the overhead cabins

Keeping your personal belongings safe on a flight is incredibly important to airline passengers, and they do not like having to keep their bags under their feet for a nine-hour flight – and you will have one grumpy and uncomfortable neighbor. Always keep your carry-on bags small so that everyone can use the space provided. And remember to never stow your bags horizontally… because the flight attendants will tell you off.


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How This Texas Etiquette Coach Is Growing Her Business With Facebook Live

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For Misty Harris, the director and owner of Texas Etiquette, her passion is all about transformation.

“I love what I do! I can just see how it changes people’s lives,” Harris said. Though her business originally started out targeting local areas, Harris is beginning to grow its reach by offering online classes and Facebook Live sessions.


How did you start your business?


My background is really off from what I do now! I went to school for architecture. Then, I ended up going to school to become a midwife. Then, I trained to be a Montessori teacher. I knew that whatever I did, I had to be able to take it with us because we’re a military family. I have five children. I needed to be able to work on the schedule of the children and make an extra income, so I realized I needed to work for myself.

I love working with children. I like to see that light flash in their eyes when they learn how to do something. With that, etiquette just did it. Manners and civility apply to everyone. My first investment in etiquette was that I took an online class and became certified. I’ve read Emily Post books from here to there. Then, we moved to England. In England I was saturated in etiquette. I took a Canadian certification that applies worldwide. Then, I went back to England and went to finishing school in the shadow of the Queen’s home. It just keeps going. The more I share, the more I learn!


How do you manage finances in your business?


Texas EtiquetteAt the beginning, I used personal savings for the business and quickly paid that back. Then, I used a credit card and quickly paid that back. In the last few years, I opened a shop and closed it. I used credit cards and a loan for that. I’m almost done paying all of that back. It was a personal loan because my personal credit score is in the 800s, so they let me take whatever I wanted. In the long run, it wasn’t that great because I ended up spending more than I should have.

I try to spend as little as possible. I try to pay myself first, then any bills I have, and then I bank the rest for the company. The business is actually very seasonable – I have so many requests for classes in the summer, then it calms down when the school year begins. I do a big push around the holidays and then also in the spring. I do try to forecast for that, but sometimes I need to kind of help it along.


What’s the most challenging thing for you about running the business?


Marketing is my Achilles’ heel. People are afraid to ask, but when they talk to me, they’re like, “Oh, we needed this! Where have you been all my life!” Lately, I’ve been doing Facebook Live and people say, “Hey, you’re great! You can take my children – Please!!”


What’s the most rewarding thing for you about running the business?


I teach everyone about thank you notes. Getting a thank you note or a call or a picture from one of my students who have used what I taught them is very rewarding. Seeing that they’ve succeeded and their confidence has grown and more and more good things are happening to them is wonderful.


What mistakes did you make when you were first starting out?


I learned the lesson that just because you have access to money doesn’t mean you should spend it. I did spend a little more than I should have with my business loan. My husband is a tightwad who always told me I shouldn’t spend more than I make. He always told me that if I had the money for it, I should pay for it outright and be done with it. Having him in the background helps a lot with me not going over my budget or my credit limit.


What is something smart you did at the beginning that has set the business up for success?


When I was first starting out, I was really tight and only bought what I needed. If I needed something printed, I would go have it printed somewhere else instead of buying a printer. I did a lot of bartering, too. I always ask for referrals. I think keeping it small and personal has really helped me a lot because people remember me from 10 or 15 years ago and they still call their friends and tell them to send their children to me.


What advice would you give to aspiring entrepreneurs?


Take it slow. Plan for anything, because anything can happen. With my business, I am a one-woman show, but I just pulled someone else on because if I got sick and couldn’t teach, then there would be no income coming in. Always have a backup and a backup to that backup.


What’s next for Texas Etiquette?


We have an online class coming up for elementary schoolers. When we first moved to Texas, I put 70,000 miles on my car teaching. The demand is there. People want these classes and need these classes and see the benefit. But, I can’t do it all and be everywhere. So, I’m going to go online. Kids will have a recorded lesson and a live lesson every week. They’re going to get a packet in the mail and cards encouraging them to remember their manners. It’s called Elementary Etiquette and it’s starting at the end of September.

In the spring, I’m going to launch Tuesday Tea Club. I’ve always done tea parties, but now I’m going to do them online. They’re going to get all of their little tea supplies in the mail. Then, we’re going to get online and have a good discussion over tea.


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The Top 5 Bridesmaid Etiquette Questions, Answered

For BRIDES, by Jaimie Schoen.

What's a bride without her bridesmaids? Whether you're selecting the women who will stand by your side at your own wedding, or have been invited to be a bridesmaid for a friend or family member, the honor comes with a lot of responsibilities — and a lot of questions. Thankfully, our experts have the answers!

If I Was Her Bridesmaid, Do I Have to Ask Her to Be Mine?
The short answer is, no. If you aren’t as close as you used to be, there’s no rule requiring that you return the favor and ask the friend in question to be in your wedding, as well. Even if you’re still close friends, if you’ve decided to have a much smaller wedding party, there are many other ways you can include her in your wedding without asking her to wear a matching dress and plan the bachelorette party. Still best friends? Then by all means, ask away!

How Many Bridesmaids Should I Have?
The size of the wedding party is usually proportionate to the size of the wedding as a whole. Weddings with much larger guest lists tend to have more bridesmaids and groomsmen, while more intimate celebrations often feature just a few people in the wedding party. If you’re having trouble narrowing it down, focus on inviting close friends who you know will be responsive, excited, and cooperative: The last thing you want is a group of bridesmaids who don’t get along or disagree with every idea you have, so that might mean keeping the group smaller for the sake of your sanity.

See More: The 49 Mistakes Bridesmaids Always Make

What Should I Do if I Can't Afford to Be a Bridesmaid?
Let’s face it: Being a bridesmaid is expensive. From the dress and hair appointment to the bridal shower and bachelorette party, it’s a lot to spend! If you’re on a budget, talk to the bride about it early-on. Figure out if she’d rather have you at the bridal shower or the bachelorette party, and if you can do your own hair or makeup instead of springing for the professional. When it comes to your dress, check resale sites to see if you can get the same gown for a steal, or look into companies like Vow to be Chic or Rent the Runway to rent instead of buying. (The latter is a great option if the bride has requested mismatched attire!) And of course, if you’re really strapped for cash, consider stepping down and offering to participate in the wedding another way, whether it’s as a greeter at the ceremony or by giving a toast at the rehearsal dinner, and then simply attend as a guest.

What Does a Bridesmaid Do?
When you’re not the maid of honor, you might think there’s a lot less for you to do, but you still have responsibilities! Bridesmaids can pitch in to help the MOH, whether it’s coordinating travel schedules while she makes hotel reservations for the bachelorette party or stepping in to take care of smaller details for the bridal shower. If you live close to the bride, you may be called upon to help with DIY projects or run last-minute errands before the big day. The biggest role is to be supportive, and then to serve as a quasi-hostess once the party starts. Socialize with guests, smile, and get down on the dance floor!

See More: The Best Wedding Dress Looks From Bridal Fashion Week

Do Bridesmaids Get a Plus One?
Common plus-one practice has definitely evolved with the times, and the general rule today is that anyone in a serious relationship should be invited along with their significant other, while more casual relationships or single guests are invited solo. You could apply this rule to your wedding party, as well, but given how much your ‘maids have done throughout the planning process, most brides and grooms opt to extend a plus-one invitation to their bridesmaids and groomsmen, no matter their relationship status.

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White Trash Etiquette

White Trash Etiquette

The definitive guide to high-class trailer park living. White Trash Etiquette contains everything you need to know to live like decent trash, including: The proper way to fake a back injury How to prevent your in-laws from stealing the silverware at wedding receptions The 10 Hottest White Trash Career Opportunities How to improve your drunk driving skills Sound advice on everything from lying to your boss to making your next convenience store robbery fun for the whole family There’s also troubleshooting for troublemakers: I’m getting married; can I still wear white if I’m a tramp? Can chicks ever really respect an accountant? How do I pick a good bail bondsman? How can I get my 14-year-old cousin unpregnant? And much more.
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Beware My Derriere: The Etiquette of Sitting Down at the Theater

Every time I go to the theater and I find myself having to enter a row where there are people already seated, I experience the same moment of indecision: “How do I navigate this? Which way do I go in — facing the stage or facing the people?” Most people I know go in with their backs to the others, but this always seems wrong to me. Especially if my row-mates remain seated as I am squeezing in, I am acutely aware of my butt having to travel by embarrassingly close to their faces. And if I should happen to step on someone’s toes or bump their knees in the process, it is difficult to apologize over my shoulder.

However, after researching various “official” opinions as well as conducting an informal canvass of all my theater-going friends, it is clear that although European custom requires the theater or movie-going patron to enter the row while facing the back of the theater, the accepted practice in the United States is to go in facing the stage. In fact, both Emily Post (in her Etiquette in Society, in Business, in Politics, and at Home, 1922) and Amy Vanderbilt (in Amy Vanderbilt’s New Complete Book of Etiquette, 1963) declared this back-to-face sliding-by operation to be absolutely the proper etiquette.

But even among Americans there are varying opinions, many of them adamant. One etiquette expert I came across professed the proper form to be that men go in facing the back of the theater, while women go in the opposite way — a piece of etiquette-ology I find fairly bizarre. I mean, since gentlemen’s feet are generally bigger than ladies’, and ladies’ rears are generally bigger than gentlemen’s, if you were going to make a gender differentiation I would think it would be the gentleman going in facing front, and the lady facing the back of the theater. But either way it would look like some kind of weird line dance.

The argument for facing the stage is that it is more efficacious, because you can bend forward a little and slide in while pressing as far as possible into the seats in front of you. This way you are less likely to step on anyone’s feet, and also you can preserve the illusion that you are not inches away from people, as you can’t see them. Moreover, most people feel the close proximity makes it too embarrassing to pass by front-to-front. It’s like facing someone in an elevator. “It’s too intimate,” etiquette maven Letitia Baldridge once wrote. “It looks like they are going to kiss.”

I don’t know about kissing but I almost always vote for conversational contact. (They don’t call me “Miss Mingle” for nothing.) The rationale for facing people while making your way to your seat is just that–that you are able to interact with the people whom you are incommoding. It is considered good manners to thank people (or apologize, if you are coming in on the late side) as you inch by them, and it is much harder to thank people if you go by backwards; you cannot make eye contact easily. And of course there is the avoidance of the aforementioned butt-in-the-face issue (which I admittedly may be overly sensitive about, as I happen to have a particularly protrusive posterior.) Sometimes your course of action will depend on whether or not the row stands up for you (which if they are well-bred they will do). In that case, you can even go in slightly sideways.

Every decision regarding proper etiquette is made up of one part not discomforting others, and one part not looking like an idiot. What the theater seating question really comes down to is a choice between two variations of feeling awkward. I think for me, the point at which I started gravitating towards the face-to-face method happened a few years ago when, going in backwards along with the others in my party who were doing the same, I stumbled over someone’s umbrella lying on the floor and ended up sitting in the lap of a rather portly man.

This was bad enough; but unfortunately, in my surprise and embarrassment, instead of saying, “I’m so sorry,” I said “Thank you” — which were the words that were on the tip of my tongue, since I had been murmuring them to everyone else in the row I was passing.

“Oh, no, thank you,” the man laughed in response.
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Wedding Etiquette for Dummies

Wedding Etiquette for Dummies

Your expert guide to the dos and don’ts of getting married Your wedding should be fun, exciting, and worry-free-but most brides, grooms, and their families run into sticky situations or unique circumstances that surround etiquette. Now, there’s a definitive guide that provides the solutionsfor all those dilemmas big and small. "Wedding Etiquette For Dummies "provides sound information and guidance-whether it’s deciding how to handle divorced parents, inform guests of where the couple is registered, or tastefully incorporate new traditions into your ceremony and reception. You get plenty of proven advice and tips for everything from who pays for the wedding and properly announcing the engagement to hosting events leading up to the wedding and dealing with destination wedding snags and pitfalls. You’ll even see how to gracefully handle wedding cancellations and postponements. The dos and don’ts of wedding etiquette for any bride, groom, relatives, or friends of the marrying couple Tips for proper behavior during the engagement, ceremony, and reception Advice on dealing with the wedding party and opinionated or pushy in-laws Special considerations for second (or more) marriages and military, ethnic, and religious weddings How to set up a tasteful, interactive wedding website and write the all important thank you note Sue Fox is the author of "Etiquette For Dummies," "2nd Edition" and "Business Etiquette For Dummies," "2nd Edition" Leaving no wedding dilemma uncovered, "Wedding Etiquette For Dummies" is your one-stop guide for having the wedding of your dreams without the stress
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