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20-40-60 etiquette: Blown away by the noise

My boss' nose-blowing is too loud and disturbing. How can I handle it? Christina Nihira is guest expert for 20-40-60 etiquette.
by Helen Ford Wallace and Lillie-Beth Brinkman Published: September 16, 2012
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GUEST'S ANSWER: Christina Nihira, local community volunteer and newspaper writer: Telling someone that they have a poor personal habit presents a difficult workplace situation. It is obviously becomes more complicated given that the person involved is your supervisor. Yet, that should not deter you from being informative and assertive.

Ask to speak to the boss and meet in a spot that provides privacy. Be direct, empathic and most importantly, relaxed. You need to deliver the message that you feel concerned that this issue is having an impact on his ability to interact with co-workers. The offensive behavior may not resolve immediately, but if the person really cares about the department's cohesiveness and productivity, he will take strides to improve the work environment.

To ask an etiquette question, email helen.wallace@cox.net. For more 20-40-60 etiquette, go to blog.newsok.com/partiesextra.

by Helen Ford Wallace
Society Editor
Helen Ford Wallace is a columnist covering society-related events/news for The Oklahoman. She puts local parties online with daily updates. She creates, maintains and runs a Parties blog which includes web casts. She is an online web editor for...
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by Lillie-Beth Brinkman
Lillie-Beth Brinkman is a Content Marketing Manager for the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce. She was previously an assistant editor of The Oklahoman
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