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What is proper workplace etiquette?

November 15, 2018

Whether you’re starting a new job or you’ve been working at the same gig for years, you may want to take another look at your workplace etiquette. When you think about it, we spend more time with our coworkers each day in the office than we do with our own friends and family. You definitely don’t want to annoy those around you, especially when the office can sometimes be a stressful place.

Are you doing everything you can to give off your best impression at work? If you need to reevaluate, we’ve put together a quick list of tips to put your best self forward at work.

  • No gossiping. Come one now, no one likes a gossip queen. Yes, we can all admit we gossip from time to time, but it’s important to separate that in the workplace. You want to make sure you keep up your reputation and your coworkers feel like they can trust you.
  • Don’t make personal calls. There’s nothing worse than sitting at your desk hearing the woman behind you making doctors’ appointments for her children and scheduling her gel manicure. We all have these calls to make, but it is best to go in private and not disturb those around you. When you make these calls, go in a conference room or empty office – or even go outside and get some fresh air.  
  • Respect those around you. The first way to do so, is to not be disruptive. This means no loud music, phone calls (like I mentioned above), random guests at your desk, etc. It’s also important for you to take a look around and see what your coworkers are doing. The person right next to you may be on an important client call, but you’re chatting away disturbing them. Pay attention to not only yourself, but make sure you’re keeping an eye on those around you also.
  • Communicate with others. You want to make sure you’re communicating with your coworkers to find out what their best way to communicate is. Do they prefer you sending them an email? Calling them? Showing up at their desk? Each person has a different way of communicating, so it’s important to learn how to communicate properly. With that comes listening, make sure you’re really listening to those around you so they feel respected, valued and important.
  • Be personable, but professional. We’re at work for eight hours a day with our coworkers, so it’s really nice when you can develop personal relationships with others around the office. Your coworkers are the only other people who know what you’re also going through, so you automatically have an unspoken bond. Building authentic relationships with your coworkers can only make the day better – ultimately it’ll be better for the team because it’ll boost morale around the office and build trust around the team.

What are your top workplace etiquette tips? Comment and let us know!

By: Courtney Moed

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