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What are courtesy signs?

Once upon a time, manners were a cardinal virtue, highly touted among rich and poor alike, and the great and good would spend gallons of ink a year advising readers on how to maintain a proper bearing. Among 109 other rules of etiquette, in his book Rules of Civility and Decent Behavior in Company and Conversation, George Washington himself advised readers, "Do not Puff up the Cheeks, Loll not out the tongue rub the Hands, or beard, thrust out the lips, or bite them, or keep the Lips too open or too Close."

Needless to say, the virtues have changed somewhat since the 18th century; and today, we spend more time at work than in the drawing room or parlor, so that's where people are most likely to rub us the wrong way

A 1999 study by Pearson, Andersson and Porath at the University of North Carolina business school found that rudeness at work can make a worker more likely to quit, lose work time or purposely ease up on their job performance. Similarly, the 2003 Baltimore Workplace Civility Study discovered that 83% of workers called working in a civil environment “very important.” Sometimes molehills can become mountains, and all we need is a gentle reminder to use good manners in the workplace to keep friction to a minimum.

Courtesy signs remind coworkers and visitors to take good care of the places they use over the course of their workday. They might give us a primer in copier or cell phone etiquette, they might remind us to keep a kitchen or bathroom neat, or they may nudge us to keep common areas usable for everyone.

Tired of colleagues taking bad care of their environment? Courtesy signs like this one can save time, money and aggravation.
George Washington
We can't all be as well-mannered as George Washington.
Restroom Etiquette Signs