I was recently asked to get involved with the #BoardroomEtiquette campaign being run by workplace furniture experts Calibre. They want to discuss the changing times and how this is affecting the workplace. I thought it was a really interesting topic as times are definitely changing, and that includes in business.
Office etiquette is important, what was once acceptable in the office, is now frowned upon and could leave you in hot water. We all know the main ones, don’t photocopy your bum, no chair races and no eating other people’s lunches. Silliness aside, there are a few important things you should take into consideration when working in an office. It’s worth noting that every office is different. What’s acceptable in one, might not be in another, so tread carefully.
Desks and office equipment
If you have your own desk at work, chances are you have bought some of your own items to use, pens, notebooks, a stapler etc. What’s more, most of us have our favourite items, a favourite chair, pens, notebooks etc for using in the workplace. So it’s important not to take other people’s items without their permission, always return them when you do borrow them and don’t swap your worn out items with someone else’s new items.
Social media has become a big part of our lives over the last 10 years. With Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn there are a lot of ways to connect and let off steam, but be careful what you say. Don’t complain about your work colleagues, boss or workplace on social media. There have been a few cases recently where people who have spoken about their workplace on social media have been fired. If you need someone to talk to, speak with a close friend or family member who doesn’t have any connections with your workplace.
Food & Drink
We all like to enjoy our favourite snacks and drinks, but have some consideration for your work colleagues when choosing what you eat and drink at work. You’re not going to win any friends by eating garlic pasta or a tuna sandwich which makes the whole office smell. It’s probably better to leave those tasty, but smell snacks to outside the office.
No Pokemon hunting during office hours
Pokemon Go has been a huge hit with people of all ages. If you’re on board with the crazy then it’s probably better to wait until your lunch break to catch that Pikachu or Blastoise. There have already been lots of signs popping up in offices across the country regarding the craze. One advised workers not to play Pokemon Go during office hours, or they would have plenty of time to play when they were unemployed. Harsh? Maybe.. but it is a workplace.
Swearing might have been acceptable and cool in the playground, but it’s definitely a big no-no for the workplace. You might hear the occasional well placed curse word, but adding the f-word to the end of every sentence won’t do you any favours.