The unwritten rules in office etiquette

The employee handbook is a sturdy document of the policies and procedures of your office, but the unwritten rules go beyond this.  Do you have some little gripes that you just think, why? We’ve mapped out the top etiquette rules that everyone needs to know within an office setting.

  1. Reply All emails: only click ‘Reply All’ to emails that you need to reply to all.
  2. Sitting in excel or word documents: if it is a shared document that only allows one user, remember to make your changes and close the file.
  3. IT issues: before announcing any technology items are broken and contacting IT, try restarting it.
  4. Positive attitude: the office has one common goal; people are there to work. Bring a positive attitude to work and keep the team motivated.
  5. Tidy workspace: keep your desk clean and tidy and not only do you look good, but the business does too.
  6. Confidentiality: don’t discuss salary.  It is a personal subject that can cause more harm than good.
  7. Emailing in a meeting: try and give your undivided attention and keep your phone usage short.
  8. Music: consider the noise levels from your earphones, if you wear them.
  9. Food in the fridge: the fridge is not a free-for-all. Do not eat other people’s food.
  10. Birthday cake: if it’s your birthday, you bring in the cake!