A just-released study by the Center for Professional Excellence finds that, for the second year in a row, students aren’t making the grade as professionals in the workplace.  Who was surveyed?  Not only business leaders and HR professionals nationwide, but also current college students and recent graduates from around the country.

Survey-takers said that less than half of all new grads exhibit professionalism at work.  Traits spotlighted as troubling in this year’s findings included “internet etiquette” which respondents noted as getting worse, not better.

What’s your tech-etiquette like these days?  Do you use technology appropriately?  Take the following quiz and see how you do:

Do you turn your cell phone off or to vibrate in meetings and classrooms?
Do you have a ringtone that doesn’t shock others or make them giggle when they hear it?
Do you refrain from texting while in a meeting, class, or a face-to-face conversation?
Do you correct your spelling before you press “Send”?
Do you use both upper and lower case letters when composing emails?
Do you “Respond to All” only when absolutely necessary?
Do you add an executive summary at the top when you forward emails to others
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If you answered “yes” to all, great job!  Your tech-etiquette is in good shape.  If you answered “no” to any of the questions, it’s time to review how you communicate electronically.  Don’t let your tech-etiquette hold you back!

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