Office etiquette is something that helps smooth the wheels of daily interaction within the office. Getting along with people you’d probably never ask home to dinner is essential for good work outcomes and a happy co-existence, and its office etiquette that ensures this even where there is mutual dislike or disinterest.
Moreover, office etiquette ensures that you don’t become office enemy number one, because you’ve been irritating people with unhelpful habits or comments. Not that you’re deliberately aiming to be an office challenge, but there are some actions that can unwittingly become others discomfort or unease.
Office etiquette is the key deciding factor in how your colleagues will respond to you and come to your rescue when you need help. The manner in which you conduct yourself within the office environment among people who effectively become your “second family” will determine how you’re viewed and the ease with which you will be supported by others around you. To ensure a happy and productive work environment, every employee (not just management) should act as a role model by demonstrating the following good manners:
- Always be on time for meetings. If you’re usually running late, try scheduling meetings in 45 minute increments to allow enough time to get to your next one. Put your cell phone on vibrate mode to prevent disturbing others.
- Pay attention during meetings and avoid multi-tasking, such as scrolling through emails on your smart phone or computer.Don’t hold meetings in your cubicle and distract those sitting close nearby. For meetings with three or more people, go to a conference room or a break area.
- Eat lunch in the cafeteria or break room. Avoid eating smelly food at your desk.
- Be aware of how loud you speak on the telephone if you work in a cubicle environment.
- Avoid wearing perfume or cologne at work.
- Ladies – don’t wear revealing clothing. Let others see your skills, not private body parts.
- Respect your co-worker’s property (and company property).
- Don’t take things from others without asking. Refrigerator lunch food stealers – that also means you!
- Don’t yell and scream at others. Compassion and empathy will serve you much better to earn respect. Make sure you’re communicating with them and your manager on a regular basis.
Proper office etiquette isn’t hard to learn, but it’s a skill you should constantly practice and improve upon throughout your career.
( International Trainer, Motivator & Coach
Edexcel Level – 4 Btec Professional Award ( UK)
ITOL Diploma in Coaching Excellence (UK) )