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Vintage Office Etiquette

This office etiquette video from the Encyclopaedia Britannica Films archive offers a delightful peek at what was expected from white collar workers in the 1950s. Some of the advice is still very relevant for today. After all, the Golden Rule doesn’t change. Going to work is much more pleasant when everyone treats others they way they want to be treated. Being considerate never goes out of style.

Of course, today’s employers tend to be a little more lax about some behaviors. For example, making an occasional personal phone call or spending a few minutes surfing the web is not considered problematic in many offices – as long as you get your work done. We’ve also got a very different attitude about work/life balance. For example, few of us would spend hours every night learning skills that should be acquired via company paid training during regular business hours. Plus, not that many people actually learn shorthand anymore!

Which ‘rules’ shown in this film do you still find relevant in today’s work environment? Let us know in the comments.


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