Is your behaviour in the office up to scratch?
Office etiquette refers to an unwritten code employees should follow in order to be successful in the workplace.
Office etiquette governs the expectations of social behaviour in the workplace and you should try to abide by the behaviours of your office to respect and protect time, people and processes.
Here are five things to remember when you’re working in an office:
1. Arrive on time
This may be obvious to most but many don’t realise that showing up late can not only leave a bad impression, but can also throw off your entire day. Getting in on time or a little early helps your mindset for the day and helps promote a feeling of accomplishment.
2. Avoid smelly food
Be respectful of others in the office by keeping food with strong odours at home. Reheating last night’s salmon in the microwave is a bit fancy but the smell of fish in the office all day long certainly is not.
3. Try not to be too loud or disruptive
It’s great for workplace culture to engage with colleagues and to have a laugh here and there but know when to stop and focus. Keep your voice down when you’re having personal conversations or speaking on the phone as to not interrupt others around you.
4. Start each day with a clean slate
You may have to attend to projects or discussions that rolled over from the previous afternoon—but try to treat each day as a new beginning. Spending a couple of minutes cleaning your desk in the afternoon also helps to start each day with a clean slate.
5. Be present
Even if you’re not a morning person, you need to be awake when you get the office. If you’re in a leadership position it’s critical to be present mentally and physically and to communicate effectively. A smile and greeting to fellow co-workers in the morning is a great way to start each day.
Office etiquette in the ‘real world’
Applying the above skills can help not just in the office but also when out and about. Whether it be on the bus, at the shops or attending appointments, punctuality, being respectful and being present will help you make the best out of any scenario. So remember, whether you are interacting with new clients or familiar co-workers, the key to maintaining relationships and achieving business success is appropriate etiquette.