Bad Manners of 2014…the year in review!

new-year-hd-clipart   So… we have decked the halls and spun the dreidel and now it is time to look back and reflect on the year gone by.  Here are some manner mis-haps that might help get you started on that New Year’s resolution list!

Not in any particular order, mind you, but we have hit the highlights or low-lights as you will see…

  • RSVP…do you know what that means? Well lots of people missed that memo when a company sit down dinner party ended up with 96 extra guests! Read the full RSVP story.
  • Being mindful/considerate of personal space… Ever heard of “Manspreading”? Well it started making news from the inconsiderate practice of men taking up more than one seat on NYC subways. Read the entire Manspreading article.


  • Respect our military… Several Presidents have been inadvertently inconsiderate when it came to protocol when greeting our military. We have always said multi-tasking is overrated! Read the whole Obama Coffee Salute article.


  • Did you know that more than 65% of all business conducted happens during a meal?…Well we are taught to not talk with our mouth full and at this year’s Nathan’s Hot Dog eating contest, there was no time for talking!
  • Respect for one another… Laurence Sternes said “Respect for ourselves guides our morals, respect for others guide our manners”. Tell that to Donald Sterling, Ray Rice and Bill Cosby!
  • Proper dress will lead to success… Fashion faux pas were abundant this year, but one we thought was the most glaring and daring, and for her audience… inappropriate! Find out who here: NewsDay’s Celebrities Behaving Badly
  • Social Media has a loud voice… Your questionable actions, which 5 years ago may have flown under the radar, now have wings thanks to Social Media. Toys R Us and Breaking Bad action figures, seemed like a Bad idea, well most of you thought so too.

 Let us know the biggest infractions that you found newsworthy this year! Share with us on Facebook or Twitter!

Thank you for engaging and we wish you’all a happy and healthy New Year…

  • Cheers!

    Lisa and Demetria

    Co-founders- Mother, May I

May I waste work time online?



According to the Harris Poll for Ricoh Americas-

  • 68% of workers admit using company computers or personal mobile devices to check personal email at work!
  • 52% text non-work related messages.
  • 21% post to social media!

What is the productivity loss with this type of banter happening on company time?

As never before, the workplace offers an exciting range of communication platforms. While the technology can result in better productivity and meaningful multi-tasking, it can also increase the chance that people will offend, or abuse the boundaries of those devices at the workplace.

Plus, this steady stream of modern technology enables work to go wherever you go, thus allowing you to conduct personal business while on the clock. A popular workplace etiquette lesson Mother, May I teaches is the divide…where professional life ends and  personal life begins as it relates to your electronics devices, and why that is important.  Basically being mindful of your modem manners while at work.

What do you think about the workplace restricting access to personal emails?

Send us an email, on your own time of course, we want to read what you have to say!


Demetria & Lisa

Co-Founders Mother, May I – Etiquette Experts