Office Etiquette – the good, the bad and the ugly….

by Miss Mentor on May 29, 2007

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….

The Good
Your boss tells you the Palm tree motif in your cube is . . . cute.

The Bad
That Palm tree motif . . . it has to go. Today.

The Ugly
Take yourself with it and don’t come back.

OUCH!
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
Cubicle 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.

GAME ON!
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Miss Mentor May 29, 2007 at 12:51 pm

Hi, this article is one of many being brought over to Miss Mentor.com. I wrote this series on another platform and now am manually moving them to Wordpress. Thanks for your patience. Get the feed and get excited.

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Las Vegas Baby Boomer Dating Expert October 8, 2009 at 8:52 pm

Hi Miss Mentor,

Indeed before you toss all your personal decor up and about the office and cubicles for the newly employed, take an observant look around. What is the style of this company already? Before you bring in stuff, ASK your boss. Are there any rules I need to be aware of? Look for and solicit some guidance here. Your boss will appreciate it and you may get to continue being employed!

Excellent reminder!

Happy Dating and Relationships,

April Braswell

Single Baby Boomer Dating Success Expert

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