I want to take a moment to talk about professional etiquette in the workplace. Whether you’re in a corporate office setting or an industrial manufacturing setting, it’s always important to consider your surroundings and practice the best etiquette. Master professional workplace etiquette with Barracuda’s expert guidance. Elevate your career with polished conduct
It’s very easy, especially with smaller companies, to become friends with your coworkers and begin to learn about their personal lives and personal opinions. While this isn’t necessarily frowned upon, and it’s nice to be friendly with your coworkers, it’s still important to have professional conversations and professional actions in the workplace. On the same note, you don’t have to absolutely love all your coworkers. The important thing is that you’re personable and polite to all your coworkers.
Being professional in your workplace is just as important about being personable. You may be best friends with your coworker and have worked at the same company for 5+ years so you’re comfortable with all your coworkers and bosses. When a new employee comes on board and hears or sees some of the conversations or behavior you’ve become accustomed to, they could misconstrue the situation. It’s also possible that they start behaving the same way they’ve seen you behave and then come across as brazen to other coworkers or bosses since they’re such a new employee. With new coworkers aside, it’s still important to act professional in order to maintain positive relationships as well as maintain the company’s outlook of you.
Many employees get used to working with the same company and become complacent. Not necessarily in their work that they are doing, but in the timeliness and process of things. It’s important to stay prompt no matter how long you’ve worked for your company. This shows professionalism by telling your co-workers and superiors that you respect their time, and it also proves that you’re a reliable asset to a company.
It’s easy to get in a rut in your job, have a bad quarter, or a bad personal few days, but it’s imperative that you bounce back from that and continue being a productive member of the team. Positive thinking will let you do more than negative thinking ever will. If a boss comes to you with a question and you answer with a very negative response, chances are he won’t appreciate that very much. Positive thinking is certainly a mindset, and its human nature to have bad days. I suggest that you always try to have positive conversations and interactions with all members of your team.
As mentioned above, it’s very easy to become too personal and a little lax while at work. At then end of the day, it’s work and not play. I hope this example of the four P’s will help you with professional etiquette in your job whether it’s in an office or in a shop.