Work etiquette is a code that governs the expectations of social behavior in a workplace. This code is put in place to respect and protect time, people and processes. However, there is no universal agreement about a standard work etiquette as this may vary from one environment to another.
Every businessman needs to master the art of exhibiting their best work etiquette so as to get a job done effectively and professionally. Whether you are starting a new job or you have been working at the same job for years, it’s never too late to check yourself for your office etiquette.
- Dress code. This requires people to dress in a manner appropriate to their responsibilities, sometimes differentiating employees from non-employees. Business casual is a commonly used term when describing what kind of clothing is appropriate for the workplace varying from one profession to another. For example the dress code of doctors is different from that of law practitioners. Oftentimes, dress codes also regulate accessories such as jewelry and hats
- Communication and healthy work relationships. Proper business etiquette and manners are important in building relationships in the workplace. To maintain healthy work relationships, employees must be team players, transparent, empathetic and most importantly professional.
- Use of technology. Technology is an important and emerging resource at the workplace. However, since it is a more recent development in the workplace, not many rules have been implemented regarding its limits. However, if you work in certain professions such as construction, it is against Occupational Safety and Health Administration regulations to engage in any practice or activity that diverts attention while engaged in operating equipment such as the use of cellular phones. In terms of other technology such as computers, online etiquette is just as vital to maintaining healthy relationships and professionalism.
Consider work etiquette as a glue that binds people and keeps them happy in an otherwise stressed out job and market environment.