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What Are Various Corporate Etiquette and Their Needs?

Updated on May 30, 2020
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Being a bank manager I believe corporate etiquette is a must to follow. Being a decent professional have many advantages in any industry.

Intro

For every professional, corporate etiquette plays the main role in their career stages. Behaving in a socially acceptable manner is a must for everyone. Etiquette not only helps a person to leave his mark in public but also grows within the same. Etiquette is the good manners being taught at the very basic level.

One must know how to behave in the workplace. A person must leave his carefree nature of a college student behind and be more mature as a professional. The need for corporate knowledge arises because a working professional spends around 8 to 9 hours at the workplace. The higher the grade of professional, the greater the number of working hours. Long working hours, frequent contacts, to share ideas and to socialize with your working climate, corporate etiquette are needed the most. It comprises the way of presenting yourself and interacts with those around you. You're bonding with peers, boss, or team leaders can directly influence the trajectory of your career.

Corporate Etiquette refers to the dos and don'ts a person must follow while he is at work. Among many, the respect for the organization and maintaining the decorum of the place is the key. Corporate Etiquette refers to sensible and appropriate behavior at the workplace to enjoy an everlasting impression. If you want to be taken seriously, behave well at your workplace. Workplace demands a structured mindset.

Corporate etiquette helps you earn respect and recognition at your workplace. The basic and infamous Dos and Don’ts you must know before entering the professional workplace. What one should not do at the workplace is not intuitive but learnt. To avoid any negative impact on your career, consider them in the first place.

1. Attitude

Your attitude towards your work must not be casual. You are being paid to work professionally and not loitering around. Never have a personal talk at the workstation. Such time passes are not acceptable by the bosses in particular. This shows your idle state of working or so desperate you can't wait for the break to talk about. Discussing home at the workplace isn't good for your professional image. Avoid being tagged as someone who “can’t leave their personal life at home”.

2. Privacy

Peeping into other cubicles and workstations don't seem pleasant. Inform or just knock before doing it purposely. Sam shoes while entering anyone’s cabin. One’s privacy must be maintained. Never open your colleague's notepad, register without their permission. Unless asked, don't touch anyone's personal stuff kept on their desk.

3. Communication

Don't 'reply to all' in the email chain when you do it mean it. You should know it well when to hit 'reply' and 'reply to all' while replying to an email. Consider it carefully whether you want to reply to all the receivers of the initial email or just one or two of them. Consider the content of the email to decide who deserves the reply. In case of any doubt keep the email and other correspondence friendly and professional. The general rule of treating emails is as a professional form of a letter. Do make sure that the shared details are appropriate for the time, place, and parties involved.

4. Gadgets

Putting your phone in silent vibrating mode is a general advocate being taught in colleges as well. Slow and calm ringtones are generally being used at the workplace avoiding the unnecessary noise around. Don't talk or sneeze loudly, and try to maintain the silence with swiftness as much as possible. Do take care of your pitch and tone at the workplace.

5. Dining

Except in the canteen, eat when no one is around and you are not expecting anybody. Popping chewing gums in front of co-workers doesn't look pleasant. Also, taking with a mouth full of stuff is not at all acceptable professionally. First, finish what you're eating and then talk. Always keep your desk tidy and organised. The perfect place for the unwanted stuff is the dustbin and required files are the drawer. Can put up a label defining the file name on the top to avoid a time-consuming search.

6. Behaviour

Try your best to be unbiased and keep your personal issues outside the door of the office. Even in difficult personal times avoid talking about it in the workplace. Don't let your work suffer due to the stress that comes from personal issues. Don't distract your peers by talking about a person who is used to them. Except for doctors and lawyers, nobody likes to listen to the stress of others personal life, and they also get paid for that job. It indirectly affects your professional growth.

7. Office Politics

Don't get involved in office politics and avoid it as much as possible. Be smart enough to handle the nasty thing if it is directed towards you. The blame game is the creepiest face of office politics never gets involved. Criticizing the boss is assumed to be normal but it isn't so, it looks cheap and low moralistic. Going against the official norms or management decision must be very intense. You should not appear less keen or the one who remains unsatisfied with the management. Irrelevant fight and petitions lead to more choices. Try to opt for a composed and professional method to express your displeasure. Whatever is bothering you, discuss it with your team leader and come to a conclusion which is mutually acceptable.

8. Stress Management

Learn to handle pressure and manage stress like an expert. It's a sign of a highly skilled and experienced professional. Lashing out at somebody in pressure seems to be wrong. Never shout or use foul words under any events. You can't violate the workplace decorum. Carry a composed and rational thinking.

9. Make Notes

Always carry a notepad and pen while attending a seminar and meeting. To jot down the discussed points will be needing them because everyone cannot retain all the things. Noting down the key points is useful for the future reference so it's better to make a habit of it. Raise your hand to speak or wait for your turn. If, you are asked to pass the knowledge on to all the related receivers so it must be in the desired form. Emails are the preferred mode to communicate. Else written mode of transmission only should be adopted. Reporting Boss should be kept in the loop. An email signature should be correct, assure that before sending.

Verdict

The aforesaid rules are few of the most common corporate etiquette that everyone should be aware of. The worth of knowledge is similar to the need for respect and recognition. Grooming one's identity is exactly what etiquette does to us.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2020 Prateek Jain

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    • PrateekJain24 profile imageAUTHOR

      Prateek Jain 

      11 months ago from Madhya Pradesh, India

      That's right Simran, mere knowing about these corporate etiquette may not make any changes untill everyone adapt them in their behaviour. Thank you for expressing your interest in the article and sharing your thoughts here. I am really thankful to you for your wonderful comment.

    • Simran Malhotra29 profile image

      Simran Malhotra 

      11 months ago from India

      Hi, Prateek your article is very useful for every working professional.They must be aware about corporate etiquettes in detail. Only awareness about corporate etiquettes will not do. Employees even has to practice these etiquettes. Skills,knowledge and abilities will only help to do assigned roles and abilities but corporate etiquettes will help you to hold your job position for long term. Wonderful article, keep sharing and writing more intersting articles like this.

    • PrateekJain24 profile imageAUTHOR

      Prateek Jain 

      11 months ago from Madhya Pradesh, India

      I completely agree with you Risha mam. Gossiping is a big no in the organisation. This destroy our image in the organisation and we end up losing our respect and honour in the eyes of our reporting authorities. Thank you for sharing your thoughts here. I am glad that you are consistently looking upto the latest article.

    • PrateekJain24 profile imageAUTHOR

      Prateek Jain 

      11 months ago from Madhya Pradesh, India

      You're right Prantika mam. It is important for every proffessional to understand and follow these corporate etiquette. This is for their benefits only. Thank you for sharing your valuable feedback.

    • PrateekJain24 profile imageAUTHOR

      Prateek Jain 

      11 months ago from Madhya Pradesh, India

      Thank you Liz for your valuable comment. I am really thankful to you for your consistent support and encouragement.

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      Risha Khan 

      11 months ago from Bhilai, Chhattisgarh

      You have stated important points about proper corporate etiquette and all of these are very basic manners that must be followed in the workplace. Gossiping is a very common thing among co-workers but should be avoided at all costs as it involves backbiting. We should learn to take a stand for ourselves whenever necessary. Refrain from office politics and let your work speak for yourself.

    • Prantika Samanta profile image

      Prantika Samanta 

      11 months ago from Kolkata, India

      This is a wonderful article on Corporate Etiquettes. Professionals must be aware of Corporate Etiquettes and behave appropriately in the workplace. The dos and don'ts list that you have mentioned here will be a great help for the new professionals who are just starting their career in the corporate houses.

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      Liz Westwood 

      11 months ago from UK

      This is a useful guide for behaviour in the workplace.

    • PrateekJain24 profile imageAUTHOR

      Prateek Jain 

      11 months ago from Madhya Pradesh, India

      Thank you Sujat mam, I am really glad that you took time to read and comment on the article. Surely it will help freshers a lot to understand the whole behavioural process in the corporate world. Thank you for your inputs mam. Stay connected.

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      Sujatha 

      11 months ago from Noida

      Good article, especially required for those leaving college and entering a professional world.

      For me, the attitude of the person speaks the loudest.

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