Many businesses like to talk about their organizations as families. You probably never received a hand-me-down sweater from one of your co-workers, but the analogy holds up in other ways. Like a family, you and the people with whom you share an office have to learn how to get along with one another.
Different personalities and habits can make that difficult at times, which is why it’s important for everyone to understand the basics of workplace etiquette. Observing these simple guidelines could be the key to a more harmonious environment in which everyone can feel comfortable and be able to concentrate on their work.
For example, it is common courtesy to respect the personal space of others. Invading your teammate’s space may make him or her feel uncomfortable and prevent him or her from being able to focus. It’s also necessary to remember to avoid bringing your personal issues into your job. Allowing worries about money or relationships to affect your performance and how you interact with others might become a serious problem for those around you.
Even if they are unwritten where you work, there are numerous do’s and don’ts you should know to practice proper business etiquette. For more ideas to help your co-workers get along better, take a look at the accompanying checklist.
Jessica Lieffring is the founder and CEO of Polite Society, an etiquette consultancy specializing in customized courses that help clients gain the confidence to excel in any situation. She has two years of experience in the industry, and currently focuses on using her passion for manners and etiquette to help foster better personal interactions in the corporate and social worlds.