Guidelines and rules on the proper way to behave at work, how to practice good business etiquette, and how to make a good impression on your boss and co-workers.
There are proper ways to behave in any social situation. Proper etiquette is to be followed when dining out, attending a wedding or funeral, giving gifts and even saying “thank you.” Did you know there’s also proper etiquette to be followed when working in an office?
When it comes to business, you’re a reflection of your company. If you meet with a client and you’re wrinkled, unkempt, loud or have a foul mouth, the chances are good that this client will want nothing to do with your corporation. Even if you don’t deal with the public, there are general guidelines to follow. For instance, if you spend half your time gossiping about other workers, arriving late, or talking on the phone, not only will you look bad, but your co-workers will view you with resentment, causing bad morale.
Below are some ways you can practice good office etiquette.
Pay attention to your appearance – If you show up to work every day with a wrinkled shirt, uncombed hair or dirty fingernails, it will be noticed. Who do you think your supervisor is going to choose to represent the company on a business trip or in a meeting? The person wearing sneakers and T-shirt, or a co-worker who always shows up for work with well-groomed features and freshly ironed clothes?