Office Etiquette: Tips To Overcome Bad Manners At Work

Office Etiquette: Tips To Overcome Bad Manners At Work

Why is office etiquette important? Because bad manners at work can be bad for business by negatively affecting employee morale and productivity.

To ensure a happy and productive work environment, every employee (not just management) should act as a role model by demonstrating the following good manners:

  • Stay at home when you’re sick.
  • Always show up on time for meetings. If you’re usually running late, try scheduling meetings in 45 minute increments to allow enough time to get to your next one.
  • Keep meetings to the scheduled amount of time. Don’t force the next group to stand in the hallway outside the conference room waiting for you and your group to finish.

  • Put your cell phone on vibrate mode to prevent disturbing others.
  • Pay attention during meetings and avoid multi-tasking, such as scrolling through emails on your smart phone or computer.
  • Don’t hold meetings in your cubicle and distract those sitting close nearby. For meetings with three or more people, go to a conference room or a break area.
  • Eat lunch in the cafeteria or break room. Avoid eating smelly food at your desk.
  • Be aware of how loud you speak on the telephone if you work in a cubicle environment.
  • Avoid wearing perfume or cologne at work.
  • Ladies – don’t wear revealing clothing. Let others see your skills, not private body parts.
  • Respect your co-worker’s property (and company property).
  • Don’t take things from others without asking. Refrigerator lunch food stealers – that also means you!
  • Don’t yell and scream at others. Compassion and empathy will serve you much better to earn respect.


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