Introducing Corporate Etiquette

Lets face it…. the professional world is poles apart from your college life or home life. It is a cut throat world in which even though you have allies, you are often left alone to fend for yourself. Office place can be far from a bed of roses, but if you follow the staple office etiquette, your life at office can be infinitely easier.

In order to survive and thrive in the corporate world there are some unwritten behavioural rules known as etiquette which although unwritten are mandatory for you to adapt/follow, if you intend to have a successful and pleasant professional life. According to reports adherence to basic corporate etiquette not only ensures a healthy and pleasant working atmosphere, but also increases the net productivity of the concern.

Introducing Corporate Etiquette 101

Each office has its own set of rules both blatant and subtle… but no matter the size of the company, you work in there still exists a list of basic etiquettes which is applicable pretty much everywhere, which we will discuss later. In this article, we will discuss some basic do’s and dont’s in an office setup. ….

F for Formal : The office is not your college campus, not your playground, certainly not your home…. so you have to Ctrl+ Alt + Delete the word ”Casual” from your dictionary. This means NO casual clothes. (even at so called ”informal” parties, where you are asked to come in ”smart casuals”) this does not mean that you can show up in baseball cap, and loose, frayed T shirt!

You should also not have a casual attitude towards your work as well. The office has hired you as a professional who knows his/her job. However it is not to say that you have to be on constant vigilance 24X7….But you do have to remeber that the office is not a place where you can let your hair down. Period.

Respect Other’s Privacy : Human beings are curious by default. But you have to tone down your curiousity level in office. That means listening and/or reacting to other official/private conversations ( which does not involve you) is a strict no no. Entering a cubicle without knocking, going through the personal files, images etc of your co worker, is a big no no. Avoid the tag of being the office peeping Tom at any cost.

Mind your Tongue & Your Tone : We get it.. sometimes its really very difficult to curb your enthusiasm… but if you are loud each and every time, you risk getting tagged as the residential noise pollutant! Tone your voice level so that you don’t scare colleagues away with a simple hello!Also if you are not very cognizant with social niceties or have a chronic foot in the mouth problem – i.e saying the wrong things at the wrong time, you need to brush up your basic etiquettes. Right now.

Try to be Squeaky Clean : At the very least, try to keeep your work place spotless, avoid cluttering it with weeks worth of files etc. Cleanliness of workplaces speak volume about the general efficiency of an employee, so if you do not want the reputation of the residential slob then keep your working space, junk free.

P for Punctuality : Lack of punctuality is a major pet peeve of not just your boss, but also your colleagues. Never being on time is not just unprofessional, it also implies that you have no respect for your co worker’s time as well. Rushing into office twenty minutes too late, running late for an important conference or seminar etc will make you appear unproductive and unreliable to colleagues. Punctuality also extends to timely submission of assignements within the deadline.

Always be prepared : Always carry a notepad and pen in your bag, for taking down notes at a seminar or conference. Most of us dont have an eidactic (photographic) memory, so dont assume that you will remember the finer points of what your boss’s demonstration.

Corporate etiquettes are not exactly rocket science ( so they can appear even more complicated at first glance), with a little help from your seniors and of course some strategic internet search, you can waddle the confusing waters and strange tides of professional world with relative ease.


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