Six Tips on Gender Relations in the Business Arena


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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.

  1. The most important person in the hierarchy of any company is the client.

  2. Persons of lesser importance are introduced to persons of greater importance, regardless of gender. The name of the most important person is said first.

  3. 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.

  4. Whoever is closest to the elevator doors exits first.

  5. At business functions neither men nor women are helped with their chairs unless they need it.

  6. Both men and women should be helped with their coats IF they are clients or more senior in rank.

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