How To: Office Etiquette

Summer jobs can be great opportunities for learning and growth, while also being social. If you’re new to the office environment, it’s very important that you learn and practice proper office etiquette to help you succeed. If you’re not sure where to start, don’t worry. I’ll break down the basics for you in a few simple guidelines that will have you being the model employee in no time!

Remember to Smile!

No one likes a grumpy cat, so be sure to put a smile on and start the day with a positive attitude. People around the office will be more open and welcoming if you’re smiling. You’ll radiate happiness and confidence! To quote the famous Annie, you’re never fully dressed without a smile.

Keep Business and Personal Separate

It’s okay to mingle and converse with co-workers, but make sure you’re not dragging personal issues into the office. Keep the topics relatively simple and try not to ask questions that are too personally inquisitive. You don’t want to create drama in the office.

Clean Up Social Media

If you’re on social networking sites, either keep them clean (i.e. no profanity, no using them while in the office, don’t talk about work, etc) or make your accounts private. You may think your boss won’t check, but they will. Remember, the internet is a public forum.

Don’t Be Afraid to Say Hi!

A simple “Hello!” or “Good Morning!” shows your co-workers that your open to being social and eager to meet new people. If you’re shy, you don’t have to go out of your way to talk to co-workers, but always make sure you respond when you’re spoken to. Not acknowledging someone in the office can get your reputation off to the wrong start.

Stay Off Your Phone

It may be tempting, but don’t use your phone while you’re at work. It’s okay to have your phone with you in case there’s an emergency or you receive an important phone call, but keep your phone on silent. Do not play games, check social networking, take personal phone calls/text, or take pictures. Some offices have strict security rules and taking a picture of your desk can have serious consequences.

Follow Instructions

If your boss asks you to complete something, make sure your work is neat, accurate, and completed in a timely manner. It’s important to always do your best work and follow all instructions. If you have a suggestion, wait until your task has been fully explained to you and always be very polite and cautious of your wording. You don’t want to come off rude or sound like a know-it-all. Which brings me to my last point.

Voice Your Opinion

If you think you have a good idea, say it! People like to see critical thinking and participation in a discussion concerning the company. It shows that you’re ambitious and you care about your work. Don’t allow yourself to get lost in the shuffle. The people who stand out are the ones who speak up.

What tips do you have for office etiquette?

Written by Guest Blogger, Chloe Leach

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