When in the workplace, you may have noticed some instances where a fellow employee displayed poor office etiquette, such as wearing inappropriate clothing or loudly whistling around the not-so-secluded office. Not only does that make the certain employee look unprofessional, it can also create negativity with other co-workers in the office. On the other hand, efforts of good office etiquette can be noticed and rewarded when displayed properly. In this blog, we’ll be looking at some examples of good and bad office etiquette to help the everyday employee know what to do when on the clock.
Making smelly food for lunch. No one wants to smell your leftover fish from dinner last night. If there’s a chance it could smell, it’s best to have something else that day.
Whistling. In a busy office with lots of co-workers around, whistling is not something the people around you want to hear. Let’s put the mute button on until the shift is over.
Talking on Speaker. If others around you can hear both sides of the phone conversation, it is too loud and distracting. Try taking the call in a secluded area or avoid the speaker altogether.
Being Late For/Missing Meetings. Meetings are set up for a reason. Employees are expected to be available and on time for them. If you’re having trouble with this, set multiple calendar reminders to help you be prepared or talk to your boss about the timing of them.
Swearing/Cursing. In the office, it is not very professional to swear constantly while communicating with others. Try and keep it clean as much as possible when in the work setting.
Dressing Appropriately. Following the dress code is a prime example of good office etiquette. Hoodies and shorts not included. You can also check out our infographic here to learn more about office dress codes.
Silenced Phones. Having a silenced phone keeps things quiet and easy. Don’t worry, you can still use vibrate and see your notifications if things are urgent. Be sure to have all alarm notifications off as well.
Showing Up On Time. Being punctual is not always easy, especially with traffic. Planning ahead or waking up earlier could help this become more frequent.
A Clean Workspace. Kudos to you if you don’t have papers flying around and junk all over the desk. Cleanliness is key.
Staying Home When Sick. Don’t try to power through your shift if you’re feeling under the weather. Being around other co-workers could lead to spreading which is something no one wants.
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