Doggie Bag Etiquette-Please Help!

by admin 18. March 2014 12:29

Dear Jane,

We closed a major high profile deal for an important firm client last month.  I was very pleased to be included in the group that attended the closing dinner, as it gave me face time with the client and important partner.  And it was at a restaurant that I could never afford to eat at.  Ever since dinner, however, I have been teased mercilessly because I asked for a “doggie” bag for the rest of my meal.

Sincerely,

Hate to Waste Food

 

Dear Hate to Waste Food,

In a business setting, asking for a “doggie” bag has too high a potential of negatively impacting others’ perceptions of you. Don’t do it! What do you do about the teasing? Just ignore it. They will move on to someone else if they are not getting a reaction out of you.

 

Jane DiRenzo Pigott is the managing director of R3 Group LLC, specializing in working with professional service organizations on leadership and change in connection with diversity and inclusion. Before founding R3 Group, she practiced law for more than two decades at large law firms where she chaired a practice group, served on the executive management and compensation committees, and founded and ran diversity initiatives and affinity groups.

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