America Employed: Companies Adopt More Relaxed Etiquette Standards; Job Seekers Hesitant on Authenticity

America Employed explores the state of employment and unemployment in the United States. Learn more about the latest insights, according to a recent Express Employment Professionals-Harris Poll survey. This month’s topics cover companies adopting a more relaxed approach to professional etiquette and job seekers who are uncomfortable with casual work discussions.

Regarding workplace etiquette, the survey revealed:

  • 70% of hiring managers believe etiquette rules that were previously deemed inappropriate at work are now acceptable.
  • Hiring managers report arriving on time for work/meetings (60%) and keeping a clean workplace (52%) remain important today.
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For job seekers who fear discussing certain topics at work, the survey showed:

  • 41% of U.S. job seekers still don’t feel comfortable being themselves in the workplace as 79% believe employees are discouraged from discussing certain topics.
  • At least 2 in 5 job seekers are comfortable sharing salary/wages (53%), religion (48%), and politics (43%).
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