Workplace Etiquette Pointers

Special Entry By Adeodata Czink- Owner of Business of Manners

Getting along with others in the workplace is a crucial skill for career success. Here are a few pointers for smoothing over any rough edges.

  •           Get into the habit of being punctual. Nothing bothers other employees more than you getting the same salary but working ten minutes less each day. That amounts to nearly an hour a week!
  •           If you need to make a personal call in the office—and who has not been in this situation at least once—make it brief and make it quiet. Nobody likes to hear you fight with your spouse over the phone while they are trying to keep a professional front with your boss in the next office.
  •          The lunchroom is not yours. It belongs to you and all of your co-workers together. Make sure you do not dominate the equipment (microwave, fridge, kettle) and clean up after yourself. Make room for others to sit down. Though the lunchroom is not a white cloth formal area, your table manners should be good at all times.
  •           If you eat at your desk, which most people recommend that you don’t do, expect to be interrupted. After all, you are at your desk.
  •           Dress so that clients and co-workers take you seriously. Make sure that your clothing reflects who you are and where you are heading in your career. If anything, dress for the next position up.
  •           Your focus is to always be on good terms with everyone. Getting along with different personalities is difficult at times but since the Universe has put them here for your learning, see what teachings you can draw from your interactions with them.
  •           Being able to get along with other people is a unique skill, which, once developed, will serve you well in every career pursuit. Be agreeable and friendly to everyone that you meet. Be sure to smile, as much as possible.
  •           Listen more than you speak and you will be thought of well, by all people that come into contact with you.
  •           Speak softly at all times. If other people need to listen more to hear what you have to say, then they will pay more attention to you, than if you were to shout, which would likely have a the reverse effect of pushing other people away from you.
  •           Be confident and kind. By being self assured you are demonstrating kindness to yourself. Once you are kind to yourself, you can then be kind to other people.

Originally posted 2013-04-15 18:42:05.

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