Five workplace etiquette tips every professional should know

Five workplace etiquette tips every professional should know

When it comes to communicating with your seniors and co-workers, adjusting in a new working environment can be more of a task than you can imagine. Being unprepared can make it harder for you to cope up to the standards, culture and expectations of the organization. Being acquainted with the right workplace rules and etiquettes can benefit you enormously. Read more to find five workplace etiquette tips that will help you survive and

  • Learn to be polite while still being able to say no.
    Not everything your senior tells you to do is a part of your job. Make sure you know your job well and don’t fall prey to workplace bullying. However, directly refusing a favour for a senior can come off as being rude or too ambitious. The best way to handle this excruciatingly tricky situation is to politely remind your senior that you have your own duties to take care of. Be firm, courteous and confident while refusing any work that is not a part of your job. Set your boundaries and
  • Stop apologizing profusely.
    Apologizing for a mistake you have made is kind, polite and a necessity. However, to err is human. Human beings are prone to error just by the virtue of being human. Working on correcting your wrongs, accepting criticism constructively and taking a note of your mistakes holds a greater value than apologizing and failing to fix your mess. Apologising profusely can also make you look incompetent. Genuinely apologise once and concentrate on working meticulously on your assigned tasks. Let ‘Do your best and leave the rest’ be your motto. Eventually, you’ll be good to go. Always remember it takes years to be immaculate in anything.
  • Be on time.
    Time and tide wait for no man, even if you are the boss. Arriving late is unprofessional and unethical irrespective of your position of power. Respect people’s time and organize your work in advance to avoid delays or missed deadlines! Time management has an unsaid positive impact on your career. It has been advocated since ancient times and for a reason! Utilise your work hours well and get your tasks done within the given timeframe
  • It’s okay to take a break.
    All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy. Your body is not a machine. It needs timely breaks to help you pause and unwind. Don’t miss out on lunches and tea-time breaks just to work. Eat with your co-workers and colleagues. It is a good time to communicate and socialise. Eating out with your peers is a good way to maintain social networks and can be an outlet for stress.
  • Understand different cultures
    Working in an organization introduces you to people from different cultures who may have different opinions about physical contact and the varied gestures you use. Understand differentcultures, their comfort levels, actions, gestures, etc so that you do not offend them in any way. For example in some cultures maintaining eye contact is a way of assurance but in some cases, it is considered rude. Same goes for firm handshakes and hugs. Sometimes it might be even considered a case of sexual harassment. You must make sure that your colleagues and you are on the same page to avoid any misunderstandings which can permanently damage your work and casual relationship.
    A little goes a long way. Make sure you follow these basic etiquette tips to not be in a hot soup while working in a professional institution. So I’m going to cheer you on for a good professional life as the Koreans do. Fighting!

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