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6 Workplace Etiquette Do’s and Don’ts

October 22nd, 2019

When it comes to being a top employee, it’s more than just about your performance on the job. You need to be a team player too, one that’s consistent, easy to work with and brings positivity into the workplace. How can you best do that? Start by following these 6 do’s and don’ts for workplace etiquette:

1. Do be mindful of your calls and texts.

If you’re constantly getting texts, alerts and phone calls from your child’s school, your spouse, or friends and family, it will get annoying for colleagues working nearby. So be sure to keep your phone on vibrate and also to avoid personal calls as much as possible. If you do need to take a call, step away from your desk and into a more private area. 

2. Do be careful when it comes to smells.

Whether it’s what you’re bringing in for lunch or the cologne or perfume you’re spritzing on, be aware that you work closely with others. What you find appealing, others might not. 

3. Do show interest in your co-workers.

You might be an extreme introvert. However, that doesn’t mean you should always keep to yourself. Make an effort to get to know your co-workers on a personal level. You might not have to go to every lunch or happy hour you’re invited to, but attend at least a few. Building strong relationships with your co-workers will make work more enjoyable and also help you to create a solid network. 

4. Don’t gossip or talk badly about others.

It might be tempting to have these kinds of conversations with your co-workers. But really, they’re negative and childish. Avoid gossip at all costs and don’t say unkind things about others behind their backs. If you hear a rumor, don’t pass it onto the rest of your team. Just keep quiet about it, especially since you don’t know if it’s true or not.

5. Don’t dress sloppily.

As the saying goes, “dress for the job you want, not the job you have.” While what’s appropriate varies from one company to the next, make sure whatever you are wearing is cleaned and pressed. Avoid items, like flip flops and clothes that are too tight. 

6. Don’t use foul language.

In your personal life, you might regularly swear and use profane language. However, don’t bring it into the workplace. It’s not appropriate and it makes people uncomfortable. Not only that, but it sends the wrong message to company leadership about your professionalism and maturity. 

Ready to practice these tips, but with a different employer?

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