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Workplace Etiquette

Updated on September 30, 2017

Welcome guest writer, Danielle Hall. Enjoy her article and learn more about her at the end of the article.

What Does Etiquette Mean to You?

Do you believe there is such a thing as work place etiquette? Etiquette mean behaving in a socially responsible way. The attention to etiquette is a sign of professionalism and respect for others, and it can create a positive first impression while building trust among colleagues. When business partners and co-workers adhere to a well-understood code of etiquette, it can be easier for diverse individuals to work together, focusing their energies on the task at hand rather than trying to understand the cultural peculiarities of others. Workplace etiquette encompasses a range of factors: Verbal and non-verbal communication are a large part of etiquette; communication styles, taboo topics and preferred speaking distances vary by culture.

What Not to Do

Workplace etiquette Don’ts

  • Never adopt a casual attitude at work.

  • Don’t peep into other cubicles and workstations.

  • Don’t open any else notepads or files without permission.

  • Don’t discuss politics.

  • Never make fun or criticize colleagues.

  • Never drink while at work

What To Do

Workplace etiquette Dos

  • Keep reporting boss in the loop.

  • Lock monitor when you are away from your desk.

  • Put your hand phone on silent or vibrate mode.

  • Keep workstation clean and tidy.

  • Talk in an appropriate pitch at work.

  • Take a pen and pad to meetings.

Imkportant for Society Norms

Etiquette makes you a cultured individual. Etiquette teaches you the way to talk, walk and most importantly how to behave in society. Etiquette is essential for an everlasting impression.

Etiquette enables individuals to earn respect and appreciation in society. I have worked in corporate America for at least 25 years, and etiquette in the workplace has always been up for discussion. Attire, attitude and being on time, just to name a few, have stood out for me in the workplace. Attire differs depending on the profession, the culture and the industry. I have worked in retail, insurance, banking, marketing, security and finance ,and every handbook presented on attire has been different. Every place you work at has a culture, and it is up to you to adapt to the culture you are working in. Men and women both have guidelines to adhere to when it comes to how they dress in the workplace.

Dress Code

The industry is the national level while the company is the local level. Your company has local guidelines regarding the dress code that you should adhere to. Dressing for success has many meanings, and you only get one chance to make a first impression. Companies set a standard at the beginning of hire on what to wear and what not to wear in the work place. This usually is found in the company employee handbook.

According to an article in the Management Study Guide (2017) Follow a professional dress code. Make sure you feel comfortable in whatever you wear. It’s not always necessary to wear expensive clothing rather wear something which looks good on you. Choose professional colors like black, blue, brown, grey for official attire.

You must dress for the occasion. If you follow the employee handbook of your company dressing for success will not be an issue. Every company has their own guidelines on what the employee should wear on the job. Official attire is a good way to go if you are just starting off at a company but times have changed and many companies have gotten away from specific colors and stressed cleanliness of clothing and hygiene. Hair also has a place as part of the clothing etiquette, neatly combed hair is very professional, but again all this depends on what type of industry your work for.

Employee Attitude

Our attitude and behavior can affect work production as well. Individuals need to behave in a socially acceptable way. Etiquette helps an individual be different and stand apart. An individual cannot behave at the office the same way they behave at home. Also personal matters should not come to the office, just like business matters should not go home.

According to Management Study guide (2017). Employees should respect their organization and expect to get the same in return. Don’t treat your organization as a mere source of earning money. Remember your organization is paying you for your hard work and not for gossiping and loitering around. Don’t have an attitude that the job owes you something, you must realize if they hired you they can fire you.

You should also greet your coworkers with a smile. If you don’t want to say hi everyday at least acknowledge with a smile that you appreciate their jester of greeting you. You are not obligated to be best friends but you are obligated to be respectful and cordial. Your attitude affects others.

Does Our Attitude Affect Others?

Our attitude effects our behavior, our communication and ultimately our success on the job. Constructive Work Habits, Behaviors and Attitudes enhance our ability to get along with others in the workplace and at home. Conversely, negative Work Habits, Behaviors and Attitudes adversely affect the workplace and the home environment. However, with education and training, you can change negative behaviors and attitudes into positive forces that will help you keep your job.


Punctuality and being on time in the workplace is the most important. Many times, our jobs are not in our neighborhood and we must commute. Allow yourself enough time to get to work considering traffic and weather. If you are on time you are late. You must allow time for parking the vehicle, walking from the vehicle to the building, walking from building to your designated work area depending on what floor you work on and once you are in your work area you have to sign in and set up your work area. Sounds like 15 minutes of time right there seems to me you are late for work.

According to Management Study guide (2017). Reach office on time. If your office timing is 9AM, make sure you are there at 8:50AM. It is essential to be disciplined at the workplace. One must adhere to the guidelines and policies of the organization. Timesheets and punch clocks are often used to monitor a person’s time of arrival. Don’t be surprised if cameras are also around as another tool to track your time.

Being punctual helps to finish the work up early and leave the office on time giving space for personal recreational activities. This will ultimately lead to the increase in work performance and chances of promotion. It looks favorable to your boss when you are on time this gives you the upper hand and the respect you deserve. It clearly sends a message that you value the guidelines and policies of the organization. Workplace etiquette is key to keeping your job. No matter what industry you work for or even if you have your own business or work from home. Professionalism is also key when keeping a job. Behaving in an acceptable way goes a long way and you earn the respect of others.

Check out this link to my survey at Survey Monkey on: Workplace Etiquette.

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Danielle Hall

Danielle Hall lives in Milwaukee WI and is the proud mom of three beautiful children one daughter who is the oldest and two sons. Danielle hobbies include reading, writing, spending time with family and being active in her church ministry. Danielle has obtained a Master’s of Science Degree from Concordia University in Organizational Leadership and Administration May 2016. Danielle also attended The Institute of Children’s Literature located in West Redding CT to obtain a diploma in Writing for Teenagers and Children in July 22, 2013. Danielle shared in the publishing of a book with 19 other authors called, Flowing from the Heart of God a 365 day of God’s Inspired Readings. This book was published July 28, 2013. Danielle has 20 plus years of corporate experience in the workplace and her goal is to become a best-selling author.


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