7 Unwritten Office Etiquette rules

Most employees spend more than half of the time at their workplace. But it is sometimes frustrating to see the fellow employees not following basic office etiquette rules just because they are unwritten.

Don’t be the one employee everyone hates because of the lack of etiquette. Here are 7 unwritten office etiquette rules that you should follow.

1. Plug in – No loud music

Listening to music might be make you feel really energized but not necessarily everyone has the same taste in music. And everyone doesn’t want to listen to music at the same time; you don’t want to be a disturbance to people around you. So plug in your headphones and listen your music.

2. Respect Co-worker’s Privacy

No matter how close you are to your co-worker, you have to respect their privacy. Always ask before entering their cubicle. And never take their stuff without their consent. If you happen to borrow your co-worker’s stationery stuff or anything, return it as soon as possible without fail! (And in working condition)

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3. Keep Your Voice To Yourself

When you are on phone, your colleagues don’t have to know what the conversation is. So stop screaming and yelling; keep your voice to yourself. Be calm and smooth when on phone so that your conversation doesn’t disturb anyone around you.

4. Re-organize Messy Space

Your work-space is not only in view of your colleagues but also the visitors at your office. No one wants to see a messy, smelly and dusty table at workplace.
It creates a really bad impression on you as a person as well as on the organization. So make some efforts to re-organize and clean your work-space from time to time.

5. Dress Appropriately

This is a very important part. When someone looks at you, the first thing they observe is your dressing. You don’t have to wear a really costly dress, just a clean, simple and appropriate-to-work dress. Dress codes vary from industry to industry but no one wants you to dress as if you are going to a carnival down the street.

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6. Don’t Steal The Time

You might really need someone to talk at your workspace sometimes, but do not pop into your co-workers’ cubicle and start the conversation. They might be in the middle of something important, so wait till lunch break or tea break to talk to them. Do not steal their work time!

7. Mind Your P’s and Q’s

No one will tell you this but it is really important to use ‘Please’, ‘Thank You’ and ‘sorry’ in your conversation with your co-workers.

Being at your best behavior can make a huge difference (In a good way!).


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