The 4 Basics to Proper Office Etiquette

If your office feels like a sitcom it could be a case of life imitating art. Etiquette expert Thomas P. Farley is clocking in with the basics of office etiquette. He’s sharing four important tips with Jared Cotter that we should all follow while at work.

1.  The Brutish Boss

You want to lead by example, not lead by the bad example that the higher ups are setting for you. The key really is common consideration. It all goes back to the Golden Rule. "Do to others what you want them to do to you."

2.  Common Courtesy

When having those conversations about personal hygiene and personal workplace habits, it’s important to be friendly and ask kindly.

3.  The Noisy Neighbor

When it comes to noise levels in the office you must realize this is a working office and not a library. Have realistic expectations and an open mind.

4.  Work Friend or Foe?

We don't have to be best friends with everyone in our workspace, but it’s important to have a mutual understanding. There's so much that gets lost in email translation. You might not have intended any insults, but with what you've written someone's going to read it in a completely different way. You are not going to solve a miscommunication over email so the best thing to do is pick up the phone. It's the most underused tool in the office and it'll help cut through so much nonsense.

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