Understanding the fundamental rules of employee behavior and etiquettes can have a direct impact on your job experience and your success in the office. There are some unspoken rules that every employee, whether new or old, should follow when they are at their workplace. You need to conduct yourself like a professional if you want to be recognized as one. This can be accomplished by following the 10 employee etiquettes outlined below:
Ask how everything works: When you are new at the office, don’t make any assumptions about how things work. It is better to be safe than sorry, which means asking is the way to go. Maybe there is a list of rules written somewhere or you can ask a colleague or supervisor about lunch breaks, appropriate attire, what can be left on the desk, chain of command and various other issues.
Weigh before you speak: You want to ensure you are not offending anyone with your tone or conversation. You cannot take something back once it has left your mouth so always weigh carefully before you blurt anything out.
Don’t wait for someone to speak: Make it a habit to greet your coworkers every day. It is essential to talk to your boss and update them about the work you are doing. Share any information necessary or ask them if they need assistance. Don’t act invisible or wait around for assignments. Make a move and grab them as they come.
Watch the clock: This is in regard to arriving and not leaving. Punctuality is crucial because it can make or break your perception in the eyes of your employers and your colleagues. Hence, it is better to leave a positive impression.
Save the racy for after-work hours: You need to dress your part at the office. There is a fine line between being inappropriate and stylish. Your low-cut sweaters, miniskirts and six inch heels are great for clubbing, but not for the office. You can consider some business casual attire for women and men, so you can watch both comfort and formality. Invest in some nice and elegant formal dresses so you get attention for the right reasons.
Leave your baggage at home: Don’t bring your baggage into the office just like you leave your work behind. Your productivity as well as of those around you is going to suffer if you bring your bad mood in the door.
Forget your cellphone: Leave your phone behind during the workday and focus on your work unless it is a part of your job. Even though you may think no one is noticing you, someone always is and it leaves a bad impression.
Avoid gossiping: How would you feel if someone talked about you behind your back? Don’t do to others what you cannot handle. Also, it is unprofessional to gossip.
Be part of the team: Make it a point to convey to your colleagues that you are available to assist in any way. Be considerable and helpful.
Think about others: Your behavior can have an impact on others and don’t you forget it. Shower regularly, avoid racist comments and bad jokes and don’t chew gum in a meeting.