Transform Your Company Culture: Helpful Office Etiquette Tips

Posted November 8, 2019

What’s your company culture like? When you’re working in an office setting, you’re dealing with many different personalities, so there’s a certain office etiquette required. The thing is, some of your co-workers may be leaving their good manners at home. Let’s face it. Bad manners in the office have a way of creating a negative office vibe, which in turn can lead to disorganization and, worse, business failure. Sometimes the lousy etiquette is coming from young or new co-workers that aren’t yet used to the office culture. The good news is, you can nip horrible office etiquette in the bud before those bad-mannered individuals overtake the office culture and turn it into a nightmare.


Here are some office etiquette tips to transform your company culture. Make your company a top workplace and reap the benefits of retaining the best employees that get work done! These tips are useful for both new and veteran employees.


Say Hello! Yep. A simple greeting goes a long way. Saying good morning to your co-workers makes them feel appreciated and recognized. Be sure to Say Thank you, Please, and You’re Welcome too. Adding politeness to your language can make you look more confident and likable. 


Don’t interfere with someone’s personal space. Do you have a co-worker that loves to peer over your shoulder and gawk at your computer screen? It’s pretty annoying. Don’t be that person. If your office has cubicles, always ask permission before entering someone’s personal work area. Don’t use someone else computer without permission. In other words, always respect the privacy of others. 


Don’t make fun of someone’s ideas at work. Making fun of someone is not very helpful, and it’s also bad manners. There’s a better way to let someone know their idea is not viable. Try not to be negative. 


Stay away from office politics and gossip. It’s easy to get caught up in office politics and gossip. After all, you’re with these people five days a week, and things can get personal at times. Not everyone is on the same page politically, so best to shy away from debating politics at work. The same thing applies to office politics. The blame game never works. In fact, it can backfire and make you look even worse. Gossip? Save that for home or your favorite reality shows. 


Sick? Stay home! This is a big one that many workers tend to ignore. After all, people don’t want to use up their PTO for sickness. They want to use it for a vacation! Well, unfortunately, coming into the office, sneezing, and coughing is disruptive and spreads your illness to others. 


Keep your workstation tidy. There’s always that one person at the office with a messy desk. Having a messy desk reflects negatively on you. It makes you look like a person that doesn’t care about himself, others, and even your job. 


Keep your cell phone ringtone off or on vibrate. When you’re focused, the last thing you want to hear is someone’s ringtone. Let it buzz instead of just turn it off. If you need to pick up the phone, take the conversation outside, so as not to disrupt the flow. 


Wear appropriate, clean clothes. Whether you work in a casual or formal office, wearing clean clothes is a must. After all, you’re an ambassador of your company. If you have a dress code, adhere to it. Dressing formally can leave a great first impression too. Besides coming to work in clean clothing, you’ll also want to have good hygiene. No one likes to work around someone who smells terrible!  


These are just a few simple tips for applying to your daily work life. When you’re ready to build up the team to powerhouse status, contact AdVenture Games, Inc. and get in on the fun team building activities that can transform any work culture!