Global tips on office etiquette
Gone are the days when office etiquette was clearly defined. In today’s relaxed professional environment, conduct is more casual, which means it’s often difficult to know what is okay and what isn’t. Fortunately, some rules of workplace etiquette are universal.
These 12 tips can help you adjust to a new office or clean up your behaviour in a place you’ve worked at for years.
1Avoid social media
Unless your job requires you to peruse social networking sites all day, avoid them while you’re on the clock. Though surfing Facebook or Twitter might be tempting, it can be detrimental to your work performance and productivity, not to mention the way your boss perceives your enthusiasm – or lack thereof – for your job.
23Take that phone call elsewhere
Everyone has a cellphone these days, so getting personal calls at work is pretty much unavoidable. But don’t assume that just because your phone rings, it’s okay to answer it right there at your desk. If you get a personal call, excuse yourself and answer it in private. The last thing you want to do is air your personal business at work.
Gossip – the big no-no
Who hasn’t been tempted to speculate on the lives of their co-workers? It’s especially tempting when everyone else in the office is doing it. But remember that gossip says more about you than it does about the person you’re discussing.
4Keep emails formal
Email seems pretty casual, doesn’t it? Contrary to popular belief, work emails should be held to the same GOSSIP GIRL Gossip says more about you than it does about the person you’re discussing formal standards that you would hold any other office correspondence to. So toss the slang, get the punctuation right and proofread before you hit send.
5Watch your language
No matter how comfortable you are with your coworkers, or how casual your office may seem, blurting out a curse word can get you noticed for all the wrong reasons. You don’t want that accidental f-bomb to overshadow your work, so keep the language clean.
12Show respect for everyone’s downtime by avoiding late-night emails, phone calls or anything else that might require someone from the office to respond after hours. Save those for the next business day. Leaving the office behind when you walk out the door is important for everyone – so honour business hours, but make sure you honour your time off, too.
Whether you’re in a high-stress office or a relaxed small business, etiquette matters. Brush up on it now to continue making a great impression on your boss, co-workers and clients.