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DuPont Sustainable Solutions Releases Workplace Etiquette Training Program

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va., April 17, 2013 - 2013 -- DuPont Sustainable Solutions has launched It's Not Working: Workplace Etiquette, a new training program that reviews the six simple rules of office etiquette and helps organizations address a growing issue in the 21st century workplace.

"There has been a recent shift in focus on the part of many organizations," said Bill Anderson, product manager for DuPont Sustainable Solutions. "After a few years of dealing with 'hard' ethics compliance issues like FCPA (Foreign Corrupt Practices Act), FLSA (Fair Labor Standards Act), and anti-bribery, organizations are now paying attention to a 'softer,' more basic issue: office decorum."

Indeed, American offices have been recently described in a survey as uncivil, and It's Not Working: Workplace Etiquette was designed to show employees how this can affect the bottom line. The new program shows how bad manners hurt morale, performance, and productivity. It suggests that employees: dial back the volume, refrain from abusing electronic devices, respect colleagues’ privacy and workspace, keep private matters private; use your sick days when you are sick; and respect others’ olfactory sensitivities.

"It basically boils down to respect for people. These six pieces of advice are so simple, yet many employees neglect them, much to their and their organizations’ detriment," said Amy Townsend, vice president for Human Resources, Learning & Development, DuPont Sustainable Solutions. "Etiquette is as important as ever. It dictates how employees relate to and work with each other, and in turn, how businesses perform and deliver services." As the great-granddaughter of Emily Post said, "People don’t want to work with people who are a pain to be around."

Set in a work area of office cubicles, It’s Not Working: Workplace Etiquette features lively and entertaining exchanges of a team of employees who annoy each other with bad manners. One speaks loudly to his date on speakerphone and disrupts a colleague’s sales call while another barges in the workstation of a co-worker, who spills coffee on himself in surprise and annoyance.

Additional information for all these programs is available by calling 800-861-2221 or emailing


DuPont Sustainable Solutions, one of 12 DuPont business groups, is an integrated global services and technology delivery business. Its offerings comprise four practice areas: Safety Resources, Sustainable Operations, Learning & Development and Clean Technologies. Together they offer consulting services, products and technologies that help organizations protect people and the environment, use assets more efficiently and improve worker skills and performance. Our training solutions have been used by more than 190,000 employee development professionals in 129 countries to help transfer knowledge and sustain business competitiveness.

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