Work in a busy office? Many of us do, and the hustle and bustle of that office sometime gives way to an all too common problem…
An even more common occurrence is open office etiquette. While an open office environment allows the culmination of ideas to be freely shared, many times people take this for granted.
Your personal area is that, YOUR personal area: Meaning, many times employers will allow workers to dress up their cubicles or desks, make things with the “comforts of home.” Please note this should not become a distraction to your coworkers. Listening to music? Use your ear buds and not a speaker system with mega bass. Also, follow the company policy in regards to music.
Do you have a personal call to take? Make use of small conference rooms at your company. Sensitive topics that come up should not be shared with the entire staff, use discretion and courtesy. This will avoid those common water cooler discussions and rumors that tend to surface about people’s problems. Also your smartphone can become an office-wide distraction. What would otherwise be a discreet notification, such as a “ping” when a new text or tweet arrives, becomes a nuisance to all of your neighbors in an open office area. Choose a mild sound setting and be nearby in order to avoid annoying those working around you.
All companies should have established office standards for interaction in a variety of scenarios. There are always a variety of personalities we work with, as well as the company primary goal. With this in mind, all employees should take these things in mind when working, and ask themselves, “Is what I am doing going against the company’s goals or causing a disruption?” To think that taking a personal phone call during busy office time is okay, may not be the best decision. Coming back late from an appointed time for lunch frequently may cause problems for other employees that have things planned, as well as coverage at work.
These are just some examples of office etiquette one should be aware of. For more, please consult with your HR department and your immediate supervisor to become fully informed.