Office Manners


Office Etiquette or Office Manners is about conducting yourself respectfully and courteously in the office or workplace. First impressions are important! You are the ambassador/s of the business. Always act with honesty and dignity.

  1. Chewing gum and popping bubble gum in the presence of co-workers is neither cool nor dignified
  2. Never do it whilst attending customers
  3. Wear appropriate office attire, for example correct footwear, not thongs (flip flops) - they are strictly casual or beachwear
  4. No exposed midriff to display tattoos and body piercing.
  5. Be neat, clean and as conservative as the business requires you to be
  6. We are put off by smelly people. So, be sure to shower regularly and use a suitable deodorant
  7. Do not cough or sneeze in anyone's direction. Use a tissue, if possible, to contain the germs and then say "Excuse me"
  8. The essence of good manners and etiquette is to be respectful and courteous at all times and with everybody
  9. Therefore, treat your co-workers, cleaners, maintenance people and others with respect and courtesy
  10. Good office etiquette is easily achieved by using common courtesy as a matter of course
  11. Keep your interruptions of others to a minimum and always apologise if your intrusion is an interruption of a discussion, someone's concentration or other activity
  12. Show respect for each others workspace. Knock before entering
  13. Show appreciation for the slightest courtesies extended to you
  14. Be helpful and co-operative with each other
  15. Brush up on your computer skills so that you can help others
  16. Your employer would gladly invest $24.99 (Aust) to add this magnificent 500 page manual of Step-by-Step Computer Lessons to its reference library to improve staff efficiency
  17. Aim to improve your other workplace skills and attributes too
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  19. Speak clearly without shouting. Loud people are a vexation
  20. Say, "Please; Thank you; You're welcome", as part of your everyday courtesy
  21. Be discreet and compassionate in your criticism of a co-worker
  22. Don't gossip about any co-worker's private life
  23. Do not try to sell things to your colleagues
  24. Don't hover around while waiting for a co-worker to get off the phone. Leave a note for them to call you orreturn later
  25. It's not a good idea to take your iPod to your office. It hinders communication
  26. Avoid sexist comments about a co-worker's dress or appearance
  27. Surveys show that the office know-it-all proved to be the biggest gripe amongst co-workers. Don't be a know-all
  28. Take responsibility for your mistakes, apologise and go about correcting the mistakes
  29. Apologise if you are clearly in the wrong. If in doubt, apologise anyway. It's no big deal
  30. Never blame someone else if it is your mistake
  31. If your boss criticises your work, enquire about what precisely is wrong with it. Consider the comments, discuss them amiably if you disagree with the comments but defer to the bosses opinion if he/she is adamant
  32. The boss always gets the benefit of the doubt. Don't argue with the boss (however, there are standards of etiquette for employers too. See Employer Etiquette )
  33. Make new employees feel welcome and comfortable around you. Don't be a busy-body
  34. Office etiquette means being thoughtful when interacting with your peers
  35. Keep your work area tidy. Try not to be messy
  36. Show consideration for other people's feelings
  37. If there is conflict, do not get personal in your remarks
  38. It is extremely rude to arrive late for a meeting
  39. It is ruder still to not attend at all. Having a good excuse does not exonerate you
  40. Do not dominate the meeting. All communication must take place through the chairperson
  41. Do not interrupt another speaker
  42. Pay attention to the proceedings quietly. Don't shuffle your papers
  43. Do not leave the meeting until it is closed by the chairperson
  44. Never be petty or small minded in your behaviour
  45. Always be particularly respectful to those older than yourself even if they are junior to you in position
  46. Your elders are generally more mature in judgement and life's experiences and this deserves your respect even in the workplace
  47. Practice good manners and office etiquette at every opportunity; even in the toilet 
  48. 'Mute' your cell phone in the office. No fancy ring tones
  49. Office Etiquette extends to the Office Kitchen which may be cleaned only once a day. If so, clean up after yourself so that the office kitchen remains clean, tidy and hygienic for those using the facilities after you. If we do not clean up our own mess we will collectively add to the mess and attract cockroaches and mice to crawl over the cutlery and crockery in the dead of night. Who knows what unspeakable bug we may pick up as a consequence