'Thank You' Goes a Long Way at Work




Each November, the idea of giving thanks takes center stage in many people's minds. But in the business world, knowing how -- and when -- to give thanks is always valuable, regardless of the season. Properly thanking a colleague, mentor, reference or interviewer shows that you have a certain amount of class and professionalism.

If you've made a thanks-giving faux pas in your career, don't worry. It's not always easy to figure out when to send flowers versus delivering a simple thank-you letter. To help clear up the confusion, Jodi R.R. Smith, president and founder of Mannersmith, an etiquette consulting firm, offers the following guidelines:

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