Business etiquette is based on hierarchy and power unlike social etiquette which is
based on gender and chivalry. No-one should be given special treatment in the business
arena because of gender. Everyone should be treated equally well.
- The most important person in the hierarchy of any company is the client.
- Persons of lesser importance are introduced to persons of greater importance, regardless
of gender. The name of the most important person is said first.
- Doors are held for persons more senior in rank, regardless of gender. Whoever gets to
the door first, and it should be low person on the totem pole, holds a door for the others
following. If it is a revolving door, low person goes first to get the door moving, then
waits on the other side.
- Whoever is closest to the elevator doors exits first.
- At business functions neither men nor women are helped with their chairs unless they
- Both men and women should be helped with their coats IF they are clients or more senior