Office Dos And Don'ts
Ever heard of the phrase 'office etiquette'? It basically means conducting yourself respectfully and courteously at work.We spend a lot of time with our work chums. In fact, sometimes it feels like we see them more than our own families. We spend eight hours a day in a confined space, working alongside colleagues with different personality traits, quirks and opinions - so good office manners is mega important for avoiding unnecessary tension.
So, whatever kind of office you work in, here are some essential dos and don'ts:
Do: Say 'good morning' to your colleagues as you walk through the door.
Don't: Think it's OK to sing, hum or tap your feet to every single song that comes on the radio, regardless of how much you like them.
Do: Wash your hands after visiting the bathroom!
Don't: Chat to your best pal on the phone at your desk, about that thing, for ten minutes while the people around you are trying to work. Take it outside!
Do: Close your mouth when eating your lunch. No one wants to see or hear you munching that grab-size bag of crisps.
Don't: Be afraid to speak up and talk to a manager if you don't feel happy or if something's bothering you.
Do: Bring in treats for your tribe. Everyone one loves a homemade cupcake!
Don't: Gloat consistently about your own success and achievement - be humble!
Do: Return the favour by offering to make your tribe a cuppa (handing out some biccies is will earn you extra brownie points).
Don't: Bring lunches that are particularly pungent into the office i.e. fish soup.
Do: Clean up your desk at the end of the day and put your mug in the dishwasher, not in the sink!
Don't: Turn up to work with the flu and spend the day coughing and spluttering over your keyboard. Do yourself and everyone else - a favour and rest up in bed!
Do: Express gratitude to anyone who helps you out, for instance, when a colleague gives you some ideas for a project.
Don't: Rock-up to work wearing your weekend clobber if everyone else dresses smart.
Do: Offer to help colleagues out when you're light on work and can see that they're snowed under with it.
Don't: Gossip about your colleagues or managers, as doing this makes for an unhealthy work environment.
Do: Encourage your tribe to get to know one another better outside of work. You could always come and swing through the trees at Go Ape!
Don't: Steal a colleague's special mug simply because yours is dirty - wash it up!
Don't: forget to think and work as a team. Set shared goals, help one another out, talk openly about issues. That way, you can ensure your office is a happy, healthy and productive space to work!
If you're looking to get out of the office and plan a team day, why not get in touch with one of our Go Ape event organisers? Request a quote today. We hope to see you in the trees soon.