Workplace Etiquette

Why playing nice pays

January 26, 2012 Categorized in: AdvancementWorkplace Etiquette

It still pays to play nice at work, a Robert Half survey confirms. When employees were asked, “In your opinion, to what extent does being courteous to co-workers positively impact a person’s career prospects?” 48% responded it can accelerate advancement.
In some offices, you might kick-start relationships between older and younger workers with these tips:Try reverse-mentoring … Go out of your way to collaborate with different generations … Don’t get hung up on office eti­­quette you think everyone should be following.
Grandmas are known for their nuggets of advice about bundling up in winter or baking a fruit cobbler. As it turns out, they know a thing or two about navigating the workplace, too. Pearls of wisdom from grandma:

When you’ve made a mistake . . .

December 23, 2011 Categorized in: Workplace Etiquette

Thanks to our increasingly online (and visible) lives, it’s more im­­por­­tant than ever to know how to apologize well. When you wrong some­­­­­one—a colleague or a customer—apologize by doing three things:
Messy co-workers can make you feel like you’re living in a college dorm. What do you do when others don’t clean up after themselves? You could turn cleaning up into a game. Two suggestions from Get-It-Done-Guy Stever Robbins:

8 ways to restore civility at work

December 8, 2011 Categorized in: Workplace Etiquette

If you’ve ever been hung up on or interrupted, you’ve been the victim of a loss of civility in the workplace. Bring back courtesy and build a kinder workplace with tips from Tom Terez of WorkplaceNow.com:
Perfume? Too personal. Coffee maker? Too expensive (unless it’s a group gift). The rules for gift-giving at work, in those offices that swap presents, are fairly straightforward. Here’s advice from experts:

Group gift-giving at work

October 10, 2011 Categorized in: Workplace Etiquette

When a group of co-workers chip in to buy a gift for a colleague, should they allow noncontributors to sign the card, as well? Or should they leave the gift shirkers out in the cold? An office coordinator in Florida posed this etiquette question to us recently.
What helped clinch this year’s OfficeTeam Administrative Excellence Award for Deborah Carter? … Perk up your daily emails with MeebleMail … Double-check your work. A survey by Accountemps shows that “lack of attention to detail/sloppy work” is the No. 1 pet peeve of CFOs …
Maria had been emailing back and forth with a colleague all day about a work issue, when she finally decided to cc the boss. It felt like the right thing to do. But that’s not how it turned out. In­­stead, it came back to bite her. How to avoid cc’ing up and other email faux pas:
Think beyond Evite with these three digital greeting-card sites: Paperless Post, Pingg and Punchbowl.

Losing it … again

August 2, 2011 Categorized in: Workplace Etiquette

Nearly six in 10 Americans (56%) say they have lost their temper due to poor service. Unfortunately, rudeness runs rampant in today’s society, which means it’s even more appreciated by others when you show courtesy, patience and problem-solving ability.
“The first day of work,” says an administrative assistant on her blog, “is like the first day of school … overwhelming.” You have to make new friends, learn the new rules, get to know a new teacher. Wel­come a newbie with these tactics: