Workplace Musts (and then some)

The workplace….so many behavioral problems can pop up in the workplace.  The office refrigerator, microwave, and copier can become major sources of conflict.  Don’t even get me started on the rudeness of LOUDLY clicking keyboard keys during a staff meeting!    Some of us spend 8 hours a day in the workplace.  If we are going to spend 8 hours together, let’s make sure we’re behaving politely and treating each other respect.

Office Etiquette Faux Pas

It’s a given you need to be good at your job.But you also need to have really good “soft skills” where you fit into the culture where you’re working.

And if you aren’t doing these things — you need to stop what you’re doing! These 13 office etiquette rules are a must. Don’t make the mistake and not do them because it could be the difference between success and failure at your job.

Here’s my list of the top 13 office etiquette rules that you must follow – no exceptions.


  1. Make eye contact with people in the office. Always acknowledge every one you come in contact with at least a small nod and smile. Eye-contact shows attentiveness and confidence.
  2. Give a good, firm handshake (but not too firm or you’ll be seen as controlling).
  3. Always have good hygiene (Do: brush your hair and your teeth before work; men watch the ear and nose hair).
  4. Wear appropriate clothes for the office you’re in. But be sure to dress for the job you want not the job you have. If you act like you’re already in the role you want, it’ll be easy for your boss to see you in that position. And never push the dress code. You don’t want to be “that” person in the office.
  5. Do not gossip about coworkers, superiors, or the company.  You can never regain the integrity you lose by talking about others.
  6. Be mindful of your language in the office. Too much swearing is unprofessional.
  7. Articulate and use proper English (e.g. save “ain’t” for outside the office).
  8. Don’t overdo friendly office visits or you’ll be a seen as a distraction.
  9. Get to work 5 minutes early and leave 5 minutes late if you have a set schedule (this shows commitment and reliability).
  10. Do not get drunk with your coworkers.
  11. Keep your office space tidy, including throwing away food after you’re done eating (no one wants to smell your leftovers in the office)

For office meetings, check out this article in the Business Insider based on Barbara Pachter’s book called, The Essentials of Business Etiquette.


About allthingsetiquette

Lynley Jones presents Behave! All things Etiquette, an interactive and hilarious undertaking that will help you how to navigate your world with style and confidence. All Things Etiquette is an endeavor to further society's niceties, build self-esteem, self-respect, and respect for others.
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