Do You Have Bad Desk Etiquette? Clip Your Nails At Home, Not At Work.

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October 16, 2012 ‐ By Ann Brown

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It may sound disgusting, but I have seen people clip their nails and floss their teeth at their desks. And these are just two no-nos, according to “9 Things To Never Do At Your Desk” in the HuffingtonPost. In fact, all hygiene issues should be done at home, though flossing in the bathroom is acceptable after lunch.

Workplace expert Susan Battley, of BATTLEY Performance Consulting, Inc., agrees. “ALL personal grooming activities, especially those involving air pollution such as hair spray and nail polish should be done at home,” she tells us.

Among the other don’ts: Have a problem with hubby? Don’t call him up and scream at him in your cubical. Wait until you get home to finish that argument.

And, says Battley, don’t start cursing people out on the phone — or in person. “Foul language and cursing are no-nos,” she says. “These are absolutely unprofessional and disrespectful under all circumstances.” Tell this to Damon Dash, who used to spit out curse word after curse work when he was running Rockafella with Jay Z.

You can keep your house as messy as you want, but your desk shouldn’t be a pigsty (check out our article on how to organize your workspace). Not only can a desk in disarray make it difficult to work, but it is an eyesore for you, your co-workers and clients who may venture into your area.

Also avoid talking bad about co-workers and customers. “Bad-mouthing peers, bosses or customers behind their backs. The temptation to do so can be strong when you’re frustrated or stressed and you’re right at your phone and computer,” says Battley. “You are likely to become regarded as a complainer, under-performer or untrustworthy of people’s confidences.”

So keep the nail clippers, the foul mouth and the floss at home.

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