Office Etiquette is the written and unwritten rules of conduct that make an office run smoothly. Office Etiquette is different from Business Etiquette in that Office Etiquette usually applies to interacting with coworkers whereas Business Etiquette is for interacting with external contacts such as customers and suppliers. The conventions address such issues as cubicle life, common areas, meetings, and social interaction. The rules of Office Etiquette can vary by region, office size, business specialty, and if the company is private or public. Larger companies tend to have stricter, expressly written rules on etiquette. Each company will have its own subset of rules usually based loosely on the companys handbook.
The following is a list of some of the coventions associated with Office Etiquette.
- Follow the customs, etiquette, and manners of the region you are in. An example is using the middle finger to point, which would be considered giving others "The finger" in the United States.
- Dress in the manner accepted for your area of work. 49% of employers surveyed in 2005 by the National Association of Colleges and Employers found that non-traditional attire would be a "strong influence" on their opinion of a potential job candidate.
- Attempt to be quiet in areas where people are on the phone or need concentration. This applies to activities such as using listening to music, eating, and conversations with other coworkers.
- Respect others' time. Be on time to meetings. When in meetings if a subject comes up that is taking time and is only useful to a small subset of users then request to take that conversation offline.
- Attempt to limit introducing strong smells into the work area. Strong perfume, excessive body odor, and very fragrant flowers can offend others.