Etiquette is always in style

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by Jackie

Workplace etiquette is a staple for all seasons and occasions. These guidelines will help you get noticed for all of the right reasons and avoid your coworkers from venting about your ill-mannered ways on Twitter:

Mind your P’s and Q’s. Parents and kindergarten teachers would cringe if they listened in on workplace conversations or read e-mail exchanges.  Being brief does not mean being short.  “Please” and “Thank you” go a long way, not only in the office, but in life.

The boardroom is not your bathroom. Hairstyling, mani/pedis, and flossing are all style staples, but they should not be done at the cubicle.  Your coworkers may appreciate your style, but they do not appreciate the process.

Use your inside voice. Noisy telephone conversations are very disruptive and annoying.  Pick up your handset or use a headset if you are not in your own office or a conference room with a closed door.

I like my beat down low. The new Mariah Carey CD may be a hit, but unless you’re listening to it on your headphones, your coworkers will grow to hate it.  Keep your music, YouTube videos, etc. to yourself. If you don’t use headphones, you will annoy everyone within hearing distance, and not to mention, appear to be a slacker.

Silent ringtones aren’t only for the movies. For most workplaces, putting your cell on vibrate is a must.  Your cell phone blaring Beyonce’s “Single Ladies” should not interrupt a meeting or distract your coworkers from their work.

Social networking should work for you, not against you. We all know that on a slow work day, Facebook, Twitter, and similar sites are entertaining.  But, it can be professional suicide if you put damaging information out on the web.  Don’t put anything out on the web that you would not want your boss or your colleagues to know.

Socialize, don’t villainize. Do not participate in office gossip.  What you say at the water cooler may end up hurting you in the long run.  If others are gossiping, remove yourself from the situation so that you are not even implicated as a passive participant.

To be early is to be on time. Congratulations! You have made it through your 90-day probation period, but that does not mean that it’s time to take it easy.  Being early and having follow-through separates the exceptional employee from the rest.

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3 thoughts on “Etiquette is always in style

  1. A few more, if I may…

    Keep personal conversations brief and classy (no singing, yelling, or lengthy conversations)

    Don’t show up sick – spreading germs is disgusting

    Your nails, hair, and makeup do not need to be done at work. Your desk is not a salon or a nail shop.

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