Office etiquette tips for all professionals

By Joe Oskey Jul 18, 2019
Office etiquette tips

Whether you are someone who is just starting a new job or are a seasoned professional, your etiquette in the workplace can really have an impact on your career. It’s important to look, act and work in a way demonstrates you care about your job.

Here are five office etiquette tips to think about when putting your best foot forward in a professional office environment.

What is proper office etiquette?

1. Don’t talk about controversial topics

Politics, religion and issues of personal nature, such as relationships, serious family or health issues should always be avoided in the workplace. General rule of thumb would be, if you aren’t sure, it’s probably not something that should be discussed.

2. Dress appropriately

This tip may seem self-explanatory, but I’m always amazed by the amount of people we see who fail to dress professionally, even for their initial interview with Schneider. You only get one chance to make a first impression.

Whether it’s an interview, your first meeting with a new boss or an initial greet with a new client, make sure you are presenting yourself in manner that speaks to the professional you are.

It’s a way of making sure that people know right off the bat you are treating this day, meeting or interview with the utmost respect.

3. Leave your phone behind

Sometimes we tend to think of our phones as just another standard accessory that comes along with us and that other people also view it as such. That’s not always the case.

I can still remember being on a first date with my wife and looking down at my phone for what couldn’t have been more than five to ten seconds to quickly text a friend. I thought nothing of it, figuring she hadn’t even noticed. Oh, she did. Later, she even told me that moment made her think I wasn’t really interested in her.

Pulling out your phone in a meeting or at an un-opportune time in the office can certainly send off an unintended message. You’re not as inconspicuous as you think you are.

4. Avoid gossip

Somebody talking about you behind your back is one of the most common pet peeves people have regarding others’ actions in the work place.

It not only makes for a very negative work environment, but it will also typically always come back to haunt you. It’s only a matter of time before you say something you shouldn’t to the wrong person, bringing forth some very unintended consequences.

5. Remember to greet people

Greeting people appropriately really goes a long way in maintaining a professional and courteous work environment.

Something as simple as saying “good morning” to fellow team member can really set an overall positive tone for the day. A standard “Hello John” when beginning to type out an email can drastically affect how well your message is received.

Don’t underestimate the power of a friendly greeting.

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Joe is a Corporate Recruiter servicing Schneider’s Van Truckload/Dedicated Division. He has been with the company for over 10 years, holding roles as a Driver Recruiter, Divisional Recruiting Manager and Senior Outbound Recruiter, before joining the Corporate Recruiting team. In his spare time Joe enjoys hunting, fishing and spending time with his wife and young son.

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