10 Rules Of Office Etiquette You Should Abide By

September 30, 2015  |  

Working with people who seem to leave their manners at home when they enter the office can be one of the most frustrating aspects of the workplace. But while the uncouth habits of others may annoy you, you must first determine whether or not you are an offender as well.

So how do you know if you are the offending one? Watch how your coworkers react to you. “When people avoid you, or roll their eyes when you walk through the door it’s a pretty good indicator that you are offending them in some way,” said etiquette expert Diane Gottsman, owner of The Protocol School of Texas.

And like it or not, bad office manners can negatively affect your chances of getting promoted. According to a Canadian survey conducted by Accountemps, more than nine in 10 (91 percent) of respondents said being courteous to coworkers has an impact on a person’s career prospects.

The good news is you can improve your workplace etiquette. “In terms of tips on improving etiquette, be brave,” declared workplace expert Lynne Eisaguirre of Workplaces That Work. “Find a quiet moment to ask your co-workers individually if there’s anything you can do to improve your working relationship. Be honest, tell them that you know people avoid you and that you really want to improve. You may have to ask more than one person and you may have to ask more than once but eventually, you’ll find out why people feel bothered by you.”

Before it gets to that point though, make sure you’re following these 10 rules of office etiquette:

-Watch what you wear. Don’t walk around the office barefoot, in socks, flip flops or slippers. And dress appropriately for the office; revealing clothing is distracting and disrespectful to others at your job.

-Keep food smells to a minimum. Not everyone wants to get a whiff of your baked cod or Chinese takeout.

-Hovering is not permitted. Never stand over someone’s cubicle while they are working or on the phone. If you need to talk to them, wait until they’re unoccupied.

-No LOLs. While laughing out loud is okay in the home or comedy club, it is a noisy no-no in the office.

-Use your quiet voice. No yelling or speaking loud in the office. Not only does it disturb other staff members, it puts a cloud of negativity over the office. Skip the speakerphone convos. No one wants to hear your work or personal conversations.

-No passing the plate. It’s okay to hit up your co-workers for a donation for your kid’s school bake sales every once in a while, but doing so every month will irritate’ the hell out of them.

-Watch your mouth.  Never tell offensive jokes or cuss in the office.

-Keep your germs to yourself. Don’t come to work sick–and potentially infect everyone else.

-Clean up after yourself. It’s no one else’s job, including the cleaning lady’s to clean up your mess in the break room or kitchen.

– Always ask to borrow your coworkers’ items before taking. And don’t even think about snatching food from the refrigerator at work.


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