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.” Wikipedia

When you are on an assignment you not only represent yourself but Priority One Staffing as well. Be an ambassador of good will and proper etiquette by following the tips described below.

Arrive Early – Map out your commute and give yourself an extra 15 minutes to arrive early. This creates a positive impression and imparts the message that this job is important to you. Co-workers do not want to hear constant stories about traffic, accidents or buses running late.

Dress Appropriately – If the office dress code is “business casual” do not assume you know what that means. Get clarification from your immediate supervisor or see if there is a written policy for dress code. You can also take your cue from how other employees are dressed. It is always best to dress conservatively.

Introductions – When being introduced to co-workers or Supervisors project a positive attitude. Stand straight, smile and maintain eye contact. During the first few days you will be introduced to many people. Devise a system to remember everyone’s name. Forgetting a person’s name can be interpreted as not viewing them as important to you.

Communication – Always speak to co-workers in a respectful manner. In business dialogues, be clear about the point you wish to make and make it succinct. In personal exchanges, do not be loud, rude or tell vulgar jokes or stories. It is always best not to share anything too personal. You never know how that could back to haunt you. Never engage in office gossip. Kindness and courtesy count!

Office Technology – Computers, e-mail, copiers and fax machines should never be used for personal reasons. This is viewed as a violation of trust.

Office Correspondence – Whether you are corresponding with co-workers, supervisors or clients – keep it formal. Do not use slang, emoji’s or abbreviations that you may use when texting family or friends. You must always assume that any office correspondence may eventually end up at the desk of a supervisor. Make sure it reflects upon you as a professional team member.

Your Workspace – This may be a desk in an open area or possibly a cubicle. Either way, respect other people’s work area and treat yours in a professional manner. A few personal items (family pictures, keepsakes etc.) are OK. But you are not moving into a new apartment that requires an interior decorator. If your workspace looks like a garage sale or sloppy mess, then other people may make incorrect assumptions about you. Your workspace should reflect an efficient and clean area where projects and daily jobs are completed successfully.

Office Kitchen Area – In survey after survey, the most egregious etiquette violation is someone who either eats another co-worker’s food item or leaves food in the refrigerator until it is moldy and unrecognizable. Clearly mark your food and take any uneaten items home at the end of the work day. Be sure to clean up any spills or food crumbs that may be yours.

Stay Home if You are Sick – A slight sniffle or allergy attack is acceptable. But if you are truly sick – stay home. Nobody wants to share your germs and your co-workers will find a way to carry the load until your return. You may also offer to have them reach you by phone or online if they need assistance.

Don’t be the First out the Door – At the end of the work day it is good to linger just a few minutes. Others will see that you care about your job and don’t mind staying a little late to make sure it gets done.

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