Office etiquette is referred to as the rules and conventions governing correct or polite behavior in the workplace, with a group of professionals or similar other situation. Strategy jobs for one require a great deal of compliance to such standards and modes of conduct considering that the profession involves having to work with top management, officers and decision makers of an organization.
To give everyone a rundown, we’ve gathered up a list of tips and reminders to help ensure that you’re not only skills and talented but you’re also someone people would love to work with in the office.
- Have the initiative. Did the printer run out of ink? Did you use up the photocopier’s stash of bond papers? It’s not so hard to refill so why not do it? There are a lot of simple day to day tasks that you don’t have to be told about. A good employee knows what these are and they do it.
- Put your gadgets in silent mode. It’s basic corporate practice. You don’t even have to be in a meeting to do it. You wouldn’t want to annoy and to disturb anyone with your noisy ringtone or music. In fact, minimize the use of your smart phones unless you need it for the job or task at hand. Turn off your Facebook and Instagram apps too, unless you’re a social media manager that is.
- Make it a point to say good morning. A short greeting or a simple hi is all it takes. When you come across a colleague along the office premises, don’t forget to greet them with a smile. Courtesy will do you a lot of good more than you think. Plus, it doesn’t hurt to spread a little positivity and cheer.
- Listen to understand. A lot of us don’t listen and some only do so to respond. Don’t. Lend your ears so you can understand and then respond, if need be. Strategy jobs involve a lot of planning and careful analysis and communication is an integral tool. It’s not enough to just talk. It’s a two-way street. When someone is voicing out their opinion or ideas listen and let them finish before you speak.
- Don’t sleuth around. Ah, gossip and lurking behind other people’s backs are not uncommon. Most organizations get infested with such a plague. Don’t catch the virus. You’re being paid to work and add value to the company not be a character in someone’s real-life reality show.
Care to add more etiquette tips? Now, carry on and good luck with your strategy jobs!