Our top 5 tips for proper office etiquette

Office environments require us to work in close quarters with our colleagues. Cramped up next to them, working away. And we spend more time at work than we do anywhere else.

So it’s important we’re considerate of those around us.

Don’t be too loud

All those people around you? They’re trying to do work. So don’t be a distraction by shouting to get the attention of someone on the other side of the office.

If you can’t leave your desk to talk to them, ring them or send an email. And if you receive a phone call, don’t take it at your desk. Either leave call them back after work or head down the hall to the lobby.

Watch your language!

Swearing in the office isn’t acceptable. But if you swear a lot in your out of work life, it might be hard to temper those bad habits.

But you really should make a conscious effort. There might be a member of staff on the phone to a client who over hears your foul mouth.

And what do you think that does for company-customer relations?

Respect privacy

This is especially important if you work in an open office environment. You probably over hear snippets of conversations, see emails or overhear complaints about a project every day. Things not always intended for your ears and eyes. So before you throw your 2 bit in, consider whether your point is going to be beneficial or whether it’ll look like you’re intruding.

Clean up your mess

No one likes an untidy office. If your desk litter is flowing over onto the desk next to you, it could be  impacting your neighbour’s productivity and your own.

So tidy up. Take 15 minutes  each week to give your desk a good clean and if you eat in the cafeteria, don’t leave all your empty food packets on the table. Clean up there too.

Give it back if you borrow

Okay, so you don’t have a stapler and you rarely use one. Its fine if you borrow one off the guy sat across from you, right?


What isn’t fine is if you use it and then don’t bother giving it back. It’s rude. So whenever you borrow something always give it back straight after you’ve used it.

If you work in an office environment, make sure you stick to the above. Otherwise you’ll be the most hated man in the building.