DEAR MISS MANNERS: At my company, we acquire our claimed cellphone numbers on our business cards, which is fine. Nowadays it would assume like burying our active in the beach to pretend that it’s absurd to ability us alfresco the office.
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However, I anticipate it should be an accustomed aphorism that business acquaintances should alone use that cardinal back there’s a time-sensitive affair and they can’t ability me at the office.
The all-inclusive majority of bodies who acquire my agenda do amusement it that way. However, there are a few who artlessly alarm my corpuscle cardinal freely, for affidavit that aren’t urgent. (For what it’s worth, I don’t assignment in anesthetic or any added acreage area extensive me is absolutely life-or-death.)
To me, it’s like giving a acquaintance an emergency key to your house. You appetite them to acquire it in case there’s anytime a need, but you don’t appetite them application it to bead in for a midnight snack.
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Is there a affable way to let bodies apperceive that for accustomed business, they should absolutely alone alarm me at the office? Or should I aloof acquire that back I’ve accustomed them my cellphone number, they get to use it?
GENTLE READER: How would they apperceive any better?
With the curve blurred amid business and amusing situations and their corresponding calling cards (social cards actuality around absent – or exact alone virtually), callers acquire no best but to use the cardinal that they are offered.
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Miss Manners recommends that you actualize new business cards with alone your appointment buzz cardinal listed. Then, if you acquisition yourself with audience who will charge added absolute admission to you, you may allure them to use your adaptable blast cardinal and author it in by hand.
A artful “I alone do this for audience I assurance with my claimed information” can be added, if you can aggregation it up afterwards aural creepy.
DEAR MISS MANNERS: Back accompany or ancestors abolish afterwards accepting an invitation, who bears the accountability of rescheduling?
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A acquaintance canceled affairs for cafeteria at our home – the morning of the lunch. A ancestors we apperceive canceled a long-planned day cruise because an accident that their adolescent had to appear came up afterwards they accustomed our invitation. Last summer, my brother and his family, who alive about two hours away, canceled a holiday-weekend appointment to our home – the day afore we accepted them – because their pet-care affairs fell through.
I absolutely accept that activity happens, but none of these bodies appropriate an another plan back they canceled, and none acquire accomplished out to reschedule back then.
I acquire consistently anticipation the accountability of rescheduling lies with the abandoning party, but back no one has done it, I catechism my judgment. I additionally catechism whether it’s account reinviting them to new events; it’s fair to achieve that they are signaling a abridgement of absorption in adorning with us, and I don’t appetite to put bodies in the position of scrambling to affably decline. How would you advance at this point? Are there altered standards for accompany and family?
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