Not sure if it's appropriate to join your employees for happy hour? Wondering if it's necessary to recognize staff birthdays? These can be tough questions for business owners to tackle. At large corporations, the boss usually follows the guidelines of the employee handbook. But most entrepreneurs play it by ear, making up their own rules along the way. To make matters even stickier, the line between boss and pal is often blurred at smaller companies, where the atmosphere tends to be more relaxed.

Luckily, is here to help. Starting this week, Inc. staff writer Nadine Heintz will help you tackle office etiquette problems both big and small. Simply email your queries to using the subject line "how rude" and check out the site each week for responses. Your identity will remain anonymous if you so choose, and remember: there are no stupid questions!