Men, Women, and Office Etiquette in the 90s
This is another of the million books published about how to get along at the office and succeed. As women entered the workforce, issues of “new” office etiquette were being discussed. Discussions targeted at both men and women centered on catering to their supposed needs. For example, women being coached to get along with the boys world of work, how to dress, and level up in management. Men were told to not “make a pass” and be polite to the ladies.
Of course, if you are under the age of 40, the discussion of a fax machine as an ideal method of correspondence is going to seem ridiculous. Same with discussions of business dress. There are some generational conversations, interviewing, and networking advice. Very little remains in today’s office culture. Looking forward, COVID-19 has/will change our office yet again. What will be the new office etiquette in the age of virtual work?
Mary (always wearing sweatpants to virtual meetings)