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Holiday Tipping Guide

PSOW Staff - Monday, December 10, 2018

Did you know that the tradition of tipping dates back to the 17th century? The practice first gained prominence when overnight guests at private homes would provide a sum of money, known as vails, to the host’s servants for services that had been performed or that were expected. The practice of tipping soon flourished with London coffeehouses and other commercial establishments soon adopting the practice. From that point in history until today, tipping is an expected monetary gift that is connected to service, particularly in such industries as hospitality, personal care and, yes, coffeehouses.   Read more

Holiday Tipping Guide
POSTED BY: PSOW Staff
12.10.2018

Andrew Loeb Shoenig—Associate Director for The Congressional Study Group—is the 2017 Winner of our National Protocol Officer’s Week “Protocol Memories of a Lifetime” Photo Contest

PSOW Staff - Monday, May 01, 2017

As any protocol officer who plans and orchestrates ceremonies, gift exchanges, presentations, international visits and special events knows, the most important thing to remember is to make a guest feel welcome. But what happens when something goes slightly off track? As the winner of our “Protocol Memories of a Lifetime” photo contest, Andrew Loeb Shoenig—associate director for the Congressional Studies Group—relays what happened after experiencing a gift exchange mistake with a foreign dignitary and how effective protocol practices helped save the day.  Read more

5.01.2017

Picture Perfect Protocol - Drama.No.

Guest Blogger - Tuesday, March 28, 2017

My initial Protocol Officer Training in May 2016 helps me daily here at USAID. Without hesitation, my favorite aspect of protocol is never quite knowing exactly what I will be asked to assist with, resolve, mediate, mitigate, or plan each day! No two are the same in my work life. I am tasked with new and different challenges regularly, and no matter what, I know I have a network of experts and references to look to for guidance - a network I nurture carefully.   Read more

Picture Perfect Protocol - Drama.No.
POSTED BY: Guest Blogger
3.28.2017

The 5 Rules of Holiday Office Etiquette

PSOW Staff - Tuesday, December 06, 2016

In a 2015 survey by the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), only 65 percent of respondents said they planned to hold an end-of-the-year gathering for their employees, down from 72 percent in 2012. Does this mean that Ebenezer Scrooge is bringing back the humbug in 2016? Maybe, but that doesn’t mean the holiday party is the ghost of Christmas past quite yet. Although the traditional office celebration might not be as popular as it once was, more than likely the holidays will be celebrated or recognized one way or another at your office.  Read more

12.06.2016

Speak to All Generations

Guest Blogger - Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Each generation assumes their children will have the same values and desires—even though the world changes every day. Because people are living longer and leading more productive lives, we are in a unique situation where, for the first time in history, there are four distinct generations working together under the same global roof—at the same time.  Read more

Speak to All Generations
POSTED BY: Guest Blogger
11.15.2016