Workplace manners have taken a more casual direction in recent years. While casualness adds a relaxing vibe to the office, it can also lead to resentment from staff that work hard and adhere to the stricter office policies of yesteryear. So where do manners fit into the workplace?
There are all kinds of best practice books and reports out there with 101 different ways to create a harmonious workplace; however it really boils down to common sense. Treat others well and the treatment is usually returned; however sometimes a little more depth can help. Let’s check out some best practice good office manners.
Seven best practice manners in the workplace
- Play nice with others– this is a biggie. You might not like Skip from accounting, but somewhere down the line you might needs his help. You don’t have to be best buddies with people you don’t like, just be courteous.
- Respect the office rules– shows you are responsible. This isn’t a hard one; make sure you are there when you need to be, dress appropriately, and do what you are paid to do. Easy.
- Play to the strengths of your coworkers– study their behaviors and channel their strengths into the perfect program to manage. If you place people in a situation where they are happy and can flourish and grow, you have down your job well.
- Be courteous to everyone– regardless of rank. From the mail clerk to the director, each person is a human being (no Men In Black creatures around here). Every person has feelings and deserves the same “good morning” each day. It’s important that you never buy into the notion that you are better than anyone else. We’re all people.
- Do you fair share– don’t wait for others to catch your mistakes. Being a part of a team means everyone pulling their own weight. Yes, there will be times when others will step in to keep the team flowing; however it’s important to hold your own when you are able and willing.
- Don’t play on ‘Know-it-all’ Alley– it’s a dangerous place to hang out. If you find yourself adding bigger and better stories to conversations, self-promoting yourself (and your achievements) with earnest, and acting as the office newscaster then you may have already taken a walk on the wild side. Just tone it down, and understand that you do not need to be the best at everything to be appreciated.
- Vengeance has no place in an office setting– keep the anger banter outside. If there are problems between staff members, get HR involved as soon as possible. In this day and age of escalating violence, do not ever take a chance and don’t underestimate the possible suppressed aggression.
So what do you think? Are there more mannerisms we should list? Leave a comment and tell us about your office setting!