5 Workplace Etiquettes One Should Know
A major chunk of our childhood and youth goes into studying and attending school. We do not get work experience until we are of 22-23 years of age and then too, it is very much at a beginner’s level. When we step foot into a workplace we are most likely to be flabbergasted by what we see and are about to learn. The first thing that we realize is that we were taught everything in school- in a theoretical sense but nothing of the practical nature. One of the most important things that a working professional should know is his etiquettes. Etiquettes are nothing but a code of conduct that one should follow. They are the customary code of polite behaviour in society or among members of a particular profession or group.
It is pertinent to know that you will most likely be remembered if your behaviour towards, not only your seniors but your juniors as well, is polite and courteous. Even if you are excellent at your job but not a very pleasant person to talk to, you may not be included in all the activities that go on in the office.
The following is a list of 10 workplace etiquettes that every individual should know.
Arrive on Time.
A punctual employee is respected even by his seniors. Arriving on time may not seem like a very important thing to you as an employee as long as you are getting your work done but believe it or not, all your actions are keenly observed by your seniors. If your workplace is in a metropolitan city, there is a likelihood of traffic and unforeseen circumstances. Keep these in factors in mind when you calculate the time of your commute. Set a target and do not arrive any later than that.
Present yourself Appropriately.
‘Dress for the job you want, not the job you have.’ is probably a good rule to follow when it comes to presenting yourself at your place of work. Gauge the atmosphere at your workplace and dress accordingly. If the people around your sport casual wear and informal clothing, go with that. Whereas, if you see that people are dressed in strict formals, stick to that. Formal or informal, make sure that your clothes are clean and well-ironed.
Be Accountable for your Own Time.
Nowadays people are not very strict when it comes to time as long as the work given to you is completed. Be accountable for your own time and if you a lenient policy with regard to working hours do not take advantage of it. The days of 9-5 are long gone. The flexibility of working hours is a noteworthy feature of most companies now. Remember that with freedom comes the responsibility to deliver.
It does not matter if you are the boss or just a junior employee, if you know the names of your colleagues, it makes a very good and warm impression on everyone. Remembering the names of all the people you interacted with is next to impossible but try to remember the names of the important few at least. This will help you create a good example in their minds.
Organize your Workspace.
Staying organized is one of the most important things that you need to follow when you are a working professional. Some workplaces promote more ‘fun’ working spaces, decorated with a few pictures and posters whereas there are a few other ones which are rather strict about how neat and tidy you keep your workspace. However, it is important to remember that fun or not, keeping your desk organized is of pertinence.
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Mrunmayi Gaikwad, soon to be a wielder of the scales of justice, harbors a twin passion for law and for poetry. Writing is more than just a hobby for her – it is a release. Mrunmayi is an avid reader and hopes to have her own personal library someday. Her family and the city of Mumbai are two pillars of her life.