Etiquettes - Do's & Don'ts
All of us are familiar
with a typical office scene, with the Oh! so familiar sounds of
the printers and copiers working at full throttle and everyone furiously
typing on the keyboards in a frenzied trance-like state.
A good office environment in
my opinion is one conducive to personal and professional growth.
are not looked upon kindly in an office -
Not To Do In Office
& Place For Everything :
I am sure
you have met certain personalities in any office you may happen
to visit who are not only loud but also don’t seem to be able
to put an end to their ramblings about the latest episode
of Desperate Housewives or the latest fashion in boots
that she has to have!! While we are not under the control
of a Communist regime, talking about non work related topics
should be kept to a minimum. I always believe that there
is a time and place for everything. It is best to hold such
long winded discussions about topics that may be uninteresting
and distracting to others, during lunch time or preferably
in the lunch room.
In Office, Work : Making
personal phone calls and having insignificant conversations that
are not urgent in an open office are also a big distraction and
a waste of company revenue. We are after all paid to be in the
office working for the enhancement of our company. Besides,
no one really cares to hear about their colleagues’ personal lives!!
Do Not Disturb
: Listening to music loudly
on a speaker in the office is an absolute no-no!! Some people
take undue advantage of the absence of business rules being outlined
and enforced strictly by their company. You may think I am kidding
when I say this, but since I work in a non-corporate office environment,
the woman sitting right across from me has loud music and podcasts
playing on her speaker about topics I find offensive and crass.
I feel it is best to bring it to your boss’ attention and if that
doesn’t work, you should approach your Human Resources department.
Own Business : It is sensible
to refrain from making any comments to people about their clothes
or anything about their personality. Not only can you get a
soft nudge from HR, but also may get into more serious trouble such
as harassment of some kind! While it is certainly acceptable to
have an opinion about something or someone, it is not always tactful
to voice it.
Getting Involved In Office Politics
personally like to stay away from all office politics and
cliques. We are not here to “hang out with the girls” but
to work and contribute in our own way to the growth and
advancement of our employer. While it is very important to
have a good working relation with your boss, it is petty to
stoop to bootlicking and fake compliments.
The Net : Using the internet
for personal use depends on discretion of the employer. But it amazes
me when I see people around me who seem to be coming to work
to check their personal emails (in case they don’t have any internet
access outside of work) and catching up with friends all day
on gmail chat!! Despite the culture in your office in general, I
feel there is a certain amount of decorum that we must uphold while
in the office.
Author is a Contributing Freelance Writer at contentwriter.in
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