Etiquette is often considered when it comes to parties, however, it is also essential in the professional world. Your behavior at work can be a significant influence on your success. Consider the following tips and avoid common pitfalls to improve on your professional etiquette.
Create a Memorable Introduction
In today’s professional landscape, it can be difficult to make an impression. Consider introducing yourself with both your first and last name, so that your new network of connections can find you on professional social media networks following the event.
Stop Fidgeting and Stay Focused
During long meetings or conferences, it can be difficult to stay still and stay focused. However, being uncomfortable and fidgeting can be a distraction to you and others. Try out a few different seated positions to find one that is comfortable for you and use that to avoid being a distraction.
Avoid Messy or Strong-Smelling Foods
Lunch can be a key time to refocus, but when things get busy there’s the temptation to continue working and eat at your desk. This can be a significant distraction to your coworkers with strong-smelling foods or foods that leave a mess. Be mindful of others and consider relocating, and enjoy the break from your desk.
Initiate Contact Appropriately without Interrupting
If you are feeling productive, interruptions can be jarring, so before you interrupt your coworker, consider emailing them the question or with a request for a few minutes instead of stopping by their office.
Designate Time and Place for Electronics
Whether it be your cellphone, laptop or tablet, electronics can unnecessarily find a way into our lives. At your next meeting, think about stowing away your electronics or other personal items to show that your company has your full attention.
Be Mindful of Timing During Meetings
Meetings can often be chockful of agenda and action items. Thoughtful questions are important, but if you find that you have a lot, consider following up afterward to ask your questions to help ensure you’re not detracting from everyone’s time and the items at hand.
Consider Behavior in Email
We are often plagued by the ‘reply all’ emails, lengthy emails, or full inboxes. Appropriate email etiquette can be crucial, so before you send an email, consider removing anyone who doesn’t need to be on the email or only replying when a reply is warranted.
Professional etiquette can dictate whether you are remembered as the employee that everyone avoids or the employee that everyone is vying to work with. Considering the importance of workplace etiquette can be essential, so consider steps to truly stand out in a crowded professional arena.