Etiquettes are very important to adhere when in an office. Work etiquettes ensure that the workplace is pleasant and has a professional environment. Well, work etiquettes might differ from organization to organization but there are some universal norms.
Taking care of work etiquettes plays an important role in your professional growth. What kind of behavior you carry in your work reflects your attitude, your nature and the background you come from. As a freelancer, you can develop these etiquettes in a coworking space. And ultimately coworking becomes a key to freelancer’s success.
Here are some work etiquettes that should be taken care of at your workspace:
- NO FIDGETING IN MEETINGS
Tapping your feet, shaking your leg, drumming the fingers and the hands, all these actions must be avoided at meetings. Fidgeting gives an impression that you are bored and are feeling out of the place.
- SILENT YOUR PHONE
Phones are a big addiction. But in meetings either put them on silent or turn them off. Constantly checking your phone in a meeting makes you look unprofessional.
- EAT YOUR OWN FOOD
Never ever eat a colleague’s food until and unless they offer it to you. Eating someone else’s food without permission is considered rude.
- AVOID NEGATIVE FILLERS WHILE TALKING ABOUT WORK
Avoid using ‘um’ ‘uh’ ‘oh’ ‘hmm’ while you are talking to someone related to your work. These negative fillers make you look confused and clueless. Instead be sure of what you are going to say.
- PAY THE FOOD BILLS
If you have a meeting with clients or colleagues at restaurants which you organised for then it is your responsibility to their bill as well.
- GIVE YOUR WORKMATES THEIR SPACE
Until and unless you don’t have a private cabin for yourself, don’t eat at your desk or talk loudly. This is because cubicles are small and not sound and smell proof. Your neighbour might have a problem with that.
- HANDSHAKE IS EVERYTHING
At a workspace, your handshake leaves a huge impression of you. Make sure you shake hands firmly and for a brief time. A good handshake makes you look confident and approachable.
- MAKE THE OUTSIDERS COMFORTABLE
If you have any colleagues who don’t belong to the place where you work, take them out on city tours. Show them around the town, help them in finding accommodations is required, show them the best and affordable places where they can eat. This will make the atmosphere of your office very friendly and your colleagues will respect you a lot.
- BE PUNCTUAL
Don’t make any of your clients, bosses or juniors wait. Show up on time. By being late you might become the cause of delay in their other works. Moreover, being late leaves an impression of being unprofessional.
- USE YOUR FULL NAME WHILE INTRODUCING YOURSELF
In business settings, which are very professional, it is important to introduce yourself with your full name. This is because you want them to know you and secondly there might be chances that you have a colleague with the same name as yours.
- FOCUS ON WORK TALKS ONLY
At the office, it is important to focus on talking mostly about professional areas. Don’t stray off the topic. Stick to work and totally avoid talking about your personal life. If your colleague if a very good friend, then also talk about the personal lives when alone.
- DRESS APPROPRIATELY
There are certain unsaid norms and rules regarding clothes that should be worn in an office. Someday you might dress casual but when your office requires you to wear a suit then show up in a suit.
Following these work etiquettes will surely make you look more professional and decent.
It is extremely important to make sure that you follow these and leave a good impression on your colleagues whether senior or junior.