Now, can we all agree on how hectic it can be to share a workspace? With little to no privacy, different personalities are bound to clash now and then. Especially with the transition from working from home back to the office or a rented space at a co-working area for freelancers.
It has been a hot minute away from a professional space and that is why a reminder of some office courtesy is more than important. But first, basics.
What is office etiquette? Straight out of Google, it is a code that governs the expectations of social behavior in the workplace.
Why is it important? It outlines how to be conscientious of your colleagues hence allowing the colleagues around you to work comfortably.
That said let’s look at some office etiquette no brainers.
Noise and distractions
It is simple, speak less or in hushed tones. The loud laughing, noisy ringing tones, and indulging in long personal calls in the office is outright discourteous. Also, put to use earphones whenever you want to listen to music or check your WhatsApp statuses which tend to be noisy.
Having your desk clean is essential. More so for your colleague who sits close to you. Arrange your files and papers in a tidy and neat manner. The order ensures sufficient space for both of you and your immediate neighbor.
Personal hygiene is fundamental. Ensure there are no foul smells by brushing your teeth and taking care of general body odour with deodorant and a subtle cologne. Likewise, clean the dirty utensils instead of leaving the pile uncatered for.
Recognize that the office is a professional space. As such use the national language which is English or Kiswahili. The use of one’s mother tongue shows a lack of courtesy and respect for the professional space making the colleagues unfamiliar to the language uncomfortable.
I know, sounds cheesy. But we are at a time where there is a viral pandemic in our country. The infection rates are soaring daily. Hence accord your colleagues some corona courtesy by following government directives.
Basically, don’t walk up to your colleague without a mask, don’t lean in too close when engaging in conversation across someone’s desk, observe the personal distance, and sanitize every so often.
Every office has its office culture and then there is decorum, two essentials that will guide your office behavior to be mindful of your colleagues. Remember, do to others as you would have them do unto you.