Office Etiquette. There are so many ways to go totally and completely WRONG that this page can only begin to acquaint you. With that said, let’s dive in….
Your boss tells you the Palm tree motif in your cube is . . . cute.
That Palm tree motif . . . it has to go. Today.
Take yourself with it and don’t come back.
So what happened here? At the very least you violated your boss’ sense of style – which may or may not be saying much. At the very worst, you managed to violate a company code for which you are being FIRED. Can your boss be arbitrary and capricious, HECK YEAH! Your boss is the BOSS.
Office Etiquette is divided into the following major categories:
Job Interview Etiquette
General Workplace Etiquette
Office Phone Etiquette
What about the softer side of the office? The soft skills are often what send you further up the corporate ladder than you may deserve to go. Use these skills to seal deals, impress your boss and in general, make your life a whole lot easier.
Office Etiquette soft skilz:
Table Manners Etiquette
Letter Writing Etiquette
Table Seating Etiquette
Knowing good etiquette for both social and professional situations will keep you out of hot water and may just open doors you can’t even see.
***For those who think Etiquette is washed up, boring, stifling, etc. Perhaps. BUT the point of proper etiquette is to show respect to those around you. When folks around you (think clients here) feel respected by you, they tend to TRUST you. This means you get to see and do deals that your competitor might not. Still today despite technology, most BIG contracts are written BECAUSE the two parties established personal level trust – usually at the top. You’ve seen it happen. Learning proper office etiquette is how to get into the game.
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