Do you address people as Sir or Ma'am? Despite the generalities made about my generation, I was brought up to address all people as Sir and Ma'am. As a military Dependant this was not just a courtesy, but a command. I no longer live under my father's roof, but this courtesy is second nature and passed along to my daughter.
Ironic, this courtesy has been frowned upon by many people in my sphere as of late. A work superior does not like to be addressed as Sir. A Marketing Headhunter warned me such manners were thought demeaning. Really? I was taught to address anyone as Sir or Ma'am as a show of respect. Times changing?
In a recent post, Kami Huyse addresses how MARCOM professionals can stand out in a stagnant job market. Shall we add manners to the list? Or is a show of respect standing out in the wrong way?