Office etiquette is very important, because bad manners at work can be bad for business by negatively affecting employee morale and productivity.
To ensure a happy and productive work environment, every single employee should act as a role model by demonstrating good manners. Rules for workplace etiquette aren’t exactly posted in every office, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t know and follow them. It’s never to late to make sure your behavior isn’t going to offend anyone or keep you from getting ahead.
Here are 10 things you should make sure you never do at work.
Talk on your phone as loud as you can
You think it’s okay to answer your cell at your desk? Then roam down the hall talking at full volume as you walk to get a cup of coffee or a photocopy? Think again. You’re actually being very disrespectful. Not to mention disrupting everyone you pass.
Chew or slurp out loud
It’s gross and it annoys people. Keep your noodle/soup/coffee/ice chips sounds to yourself. Yes, even at your cubicle.
Do not change your close after workout
Good for you for working out during your work day! But don’t you dare go back to your desk without showering or changing clothes.
Fight loudly on the phone
Sure, arguing with your S.O./parent/roommate is a necessary thing sometimes. But don’t take the call in a public setting and force everyone around you to listen in.
Don’t take off or apply nail polish (or nail polish remover) at your desk—or anywhere in nose-shot. It’s not a work activity, plus a lot of people are allergic or sensitive to the smell. For that matter, go easy on the perfume or cologne as well.
It’s so hard sometimes to resist engaging in a little “harmless” gossip. But the reality is that gossip is never harmless. It is most certainly damaging to the subject of the gossip, but it also reflects poorly on you. It’s natural to be curious and interested in what other people are doing, but talking about someone who is not present is disrespectful.
Be late and mooch
Don’t show up to the meeting late, first of all. Second of all, don’t expect the people who were on time to fill you in. It’s your bad and your responsibility to catch up. Don’t waste everybody else’s time. It’s generally a good idea to give a heads-up if you’re running late for something — a meeting, shift relief, whatever. It’s just polite.
Talk private money matters
No matter how broke you are, or how curious, talking salary is never a good idea at work. Keep your financial status to yourself and let others do so too.
You want to invite one co-worker to lunch or happy hour, but you just can’t do it if there’s another co-worker in ear shot, or worse, standing right there with you. Send an email or a text if you want to be exclusive.
Talk about politics and religion
Keep your political (and religious, for that matter!) views to yourself.Ppolitics and religion are off-limits. These topics are highly charged minefields for a professional atmosphere. Leave them at the office door.
Just think how much easier our work lives would be if everybody knew and followed these few easy rules.