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ETIQUETTE AT WORK

Who goes first in a revolving door?

Invariably, I get asked about doors. People are particularly interested in revolving and elevator doors. My guess is their questions and lack of confidence stem from the old adage that men hold doors for women, and women should go through the door first. So does the old adage still stand: Should men hold the door for women?

Interestingly, in business when two colleagues arrive at a revolving door, the solution is simple. Whoever arrives first should step forward and get it moving. Communicate. “Please, go ahead.” Or “Let me get that for you.” Who goes first doesn’t matter nearly as much as communicating so there is no confusion.

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