How is your employment etiquette? This shouldn’t be a foreign concept to any professional, for you should actively exude such behavior every day on the job. Every working individual with a full time post, temporary, freelance, and contract position should have employment etiquette. These are simply the unwritten office rules, but rules that make or break your career. It doesn’t matter what industry you’re in, or where you work employment etiquette is vital in every line of business, especially if you want to succeed.
All too often, daily work nuisances like office politics, supervisor-employer challenges, salary disputes, and gossip get in the way of suitable employment etiquette. You are more apt to reject the idea of such behavior when feeling undervalued, demoted and comprised by management. Well, just like everything else in life that goes unnoticed and eventually spirals out of control this situation probably calls for a reality check. However, a professional etiquette check is more like it. If you need a refresher here are some tips to improve or overhaul business manors.
- Dress the part. This may seem redundant, but you can never be told enough that dressing like the consummate professional is very critical on the job. Nowadays, professionals have become too liberal and relaxed when dressing for the job. Business suits, sweaters, cardigans, and dress slacks still make for smart and savvy looks.
- Be a team player. Become the office worker bee, and offer to help your colleagues with complicated tasks. If there is a special project underway–be sure to take part in the discussion, pitch ideas, and express your interest in volunteering for the project. And try to take an intern under your wing, and teach him or her about the industry. It will show your boss you have leadership, mentoring, and coaching skills.
- Stay away from office gossip. Mind your business manors and walk away from folks pontificating about the company, management, other employees, and policies. Managers are keenly aware of the issues plaguing their department and the troublemakers within it. Your chances of moving up the ladder in house will be derailed if upper management believes you are a bad virus.
- Assess your growth. Start to keep a journal of your professional goals for the company, detailing your plan. Continuously push yourself to learn new tricks of the trade in your industry. Ask your manager how you can better perform on the job and what you need to work on.
- Have a heart to heart with your boss. A little ingratiation goes a long way in the working world. If you haven’t already make frequent trips to your manager or supervisor’s office to thank that person for the opportunity. Use that quality time to tell your boss about how much you love the company, new insights, and ideas you’d like to bring to the table. Is it sucking up? Absolutely, but if you want higher status than learn to become your manager’s favorite employee. And get that professional etiquette in check!