Has your better judgment ever yelled “cut!” like a director when composing email/text/social media post? If so, consider that a save from spewing the dreaded regrettable. It’s your good gut manners way of red-flagging what you wanted to say and letting you know what you should say. Call it an etiquette edit.
In the working world, if you are fortunate, etiquette edits exist in real people. They are the more experienced who “save” you from hitting the reckless euphemistic “send” that can later come back and haunt your career azz. Call them the wise ones.
For example, when leaving a job that hovers below the less-than-ideal zone, that could be one of those times to tune-in to life’s wise one. Call that your good gut doppelganger.
I know, as I had one long before the Internet existed. Call me old.
More specifically, before getting your walking papers, part of the process involves an exit interview! Now here’s where it can get…messy. One question asks: Would you ever work here again? Call that a trick question!
My “wise one” prevented this young, disgruntled (for the u$ual reasons) copywriter from falling from grace over that trick question. Luckily, I saw the future before it was too late and sealed with indelible snappy words such as: “Not in this lifetime,” “Are you frickkin’ loco?” Call that foolish venting.
To my surprise, my wise one was not joking, as I had first thought. In fact, her warning with reason resonates to this day as I pass the good word to my virtual readers. Don’t leave with a bad impression. No one knows what the future holds. Despite how horrible the work situation is, you never know if you may one day wish or need to return. Therefore always leave positive words on your paper trail. Call that career enlightenment.
Today, foolish venting crosses beyond the exit interview to other traps such as social media. Beware of posting expressive emoji or “expressive” words that cannot be reversed. Call that the new tech etiquette.
I am happy to report I did the right thing and to this day no one can Google this name and see a bad word said about any employer. Call that professional.
Phyllis Briskman is a verse contributor and does PR/marketing. She sharpened her first pencil as retail fashion copywriter, writing to count before Twitter tweeted its first hello. Later, she flew the cubicle to do freelance creative becoming a writer of all trades, from beauty to fitness for catalogs, magazines, and websites. Born to brainstorm, she's named retail businesses and website domains. She loves quick wit, survives on laughter, is a little hokey, but aims to please because that’s what life’s all about.
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