"In such close quarters as an office, it is easy and natural for the boundaries between one's personal and professional lives to cross. It is important to remember that the office is not a second home, and you should therefore conduct yourself in accordance with this."
In such close quarters as an office, it is easy and natural for the boundaries between one's personal and professional lives to cross. It is important to remember that the office is not a second home, and you should therefore conduct yourself in accordance with this.
DON'T treat your colleagues like you may treat your family - it is completely unacceptable to let out your frustrations on them by raising your voice and banging doors when you are under pressure or upset with someone. While your family may love you unconditionally, there is no such code of practice amongst colleagues. DO ask your boss if it is OK for you to take a walk for some fresh air if things are getting on top of you.If an issue with a co-worker is having a big impact, DO address the issue, however make sure you focus on solving the problem and not letting out all your pent up frustration. Speak to the colleague in private to avoid inflicting any embarrassment upon them, and ask if they are aware of the impact their behaviour has on others.
DO make an effort with your appearance. You may be hungover, it may be laundry day, you may have overslept, however it is still important if you want to be taken seriously to make yourself look presentable and be clean. Different offices vary in how conservative they wish for your dress code to be, so be vigilant - if no one else has facial piercings it may be time to take out that lip ring. If the office has a more casual vibe, DON'T draw unnecessary attention to yourself by turning up in suit and tie every day. You are part of a team within the office, and your appearance should reflect that.
DO pay attention to detail - you may not notice your own annoying habits, so keep an eye out for hints from your co-workers. Keep your phone on silent - not every one wants to know every time you get a BBM. Be wary of what you bring in for lunch - egg and cress sandwiches may taste good but the smell is not for everyone. Excessive sneezing, coughing and fidgeting may also get on the nerves of those around you, so be aware of yourself.
DO give small talk a go. You may not have much in common with all of your colleagues, but people will appreciate if you ask about what they did at the weekends or if you engage in conversation about a hobby they may have. Not everyone at work is going to be your best friend, however do not underestimate the power of having lots of acquaintances. The little things, like saying your pleases and thank yous and smiling, can make all the difference to your relationship with those around you at work.
DO be mindful of your sense of humour. Not everyone may appreciate being the butt of your jokes.What you find hilarious, others may find offensive, so don't let your tongue run away with you.
DO keep the office clean and tidy. Wash all your mugs and kitchen utensils after you use them - it is not fair on others to have to deal with the remnants of your lunch. Your mess may be distracting and have an impact on someone else, so if you are a naturally untidy person try and factor in ten minutes a day for you to get your affairs in order.
DO be on time. Lateness is a mark of selfishness, so take special care to structure your time effectively.Mona, GRB Journalist