I remember that when I was growing up, my mother would get mad at me if I walked in front of someone and didn't say, "Excuse me." Common courtesy was expected. There have always been consequences (at least in my family/schools/workplaces) for ignoring the "please" and "thank you." Therefore, it is baffling to me to realize that today, especially in the workplace, common courtesy has become common dis-courtesy. Maybe it's that "dis-ing" others (disrespecting through talking trash, etc.) has become a part of so many other areas of life that it just spills over into the workplace. However, dis-ing others in the workplace doesn't make sense. If there is anywhere people need to act like a team, work toward a common goal and do well (in order to receive that very necessary paycheck), it's the workplace. We should view courtesy to our coworkers as a minimum baseline of how to act. Instead, we see common dis-courteous acts. Some examples follow.

Being late to meetings. Everyone's time is valuable. When a meeting can't start because there are one or two stragglers, everyone else's time is wasted. If you start the meeting without the stragglers, you are forced to repeat issues/resolutions when they do show up, again wasting the time of all the participants who had the courtesy to show up on time. (My suggestion: Give all the action items to the people who show up late!)

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