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Office Etiquette: Tips To Overcome Bad Manners At Work
Tuesday, 29 July 2014 - 10:13 | Views - 3,232
Why is office etiquette important? Because bad manners at work can be bad for business by negatively
affecting employee morale and productivity.

To ensure a happy and productive work environment, every employee (not just management)
should act as a role model by demonstrating the following good manners:

  • Stay at home when you’re sick.
  • Always show up on time for meetings. If you’re usually running late,try scheduling meetings in 45 minute increments to allow enough time to get to your next one.
  • Keep meetings to the scheduled amount of time.
  • Don’t force the next group to stand in the hallway outside the conference room waiting for you and your group to finish.
  • Put your cell phone on vibrate mode to prevent disturbing others.
  • Pay attention during meetings and avoid multi-tasking,such as scrolling through emails on your smart phone or computer.
  • Don’t hold meetings in your cubicle and distract those sitting close nearby.For meetings with three or more people, go to a conference room or a break area.
  • Eat lunch in the cafeteria or break room. Avoid eating smelly food at your desk.
  • Be aware of how loud you speak on the telephone if you work in a cubicle environment.
  • Avoid wearing perfume or cologne at work.
  • Ladies – don’t wear revealing clothing. Let others see your skills, not private body parts.
  • Respect your co-worker’s property (and company property).
  • Don’t take things from others without asking. Refrigerator lunch food stealers – that also means you!
  • Don’t yell and scream at others. Compassion and empathy will serve you much better to earn respect.

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