It's National Business Etiquette Week! Let's celebrate by paying extra attention to our workplace manners. Whether you're a newbie or a seasoned pro, one thing is clear: being polite matters. Showing respect to your colleagues and practicing common courtesy can make a big difference. Let's tackle the top four
workplace civility violations that may raise eyebrows and put your job at risk.
Please and Thank You
It's surprising how often we forget the power of two simple words: "please" and "thank you." These small yet significant expressions of gratitude and respect are easy to incorporate into our daily work interactions. Whether it's a coworker, client, or even the support staff, taking a moment to acknowledge their contributions with a sincere "please" or "thank you" can have a profound impact on building positive relationships.
Be on Time
We all have those moments when unexpected challenges throw a wrench in our schedule. Consistently showing up late for meetings and projects is not okay. It sends a message to your colleagues that their time isn't valuable, which can lead to frustration and a sense of disrespect. Being late not only reflects poorly on you but also on your team and company. When something comes up and you know you won't make it on time, always let someone know as soon as possible so they won't be left waiting.
No Room for Gossip
Gossip is a breeding ground for mistrust, negativity, and unnecessary drama. When possible, steer clear of it. If you find yourself in a gossip-filled conversation, try changing the subject or using my favorite gossip-stopping phrase: "Oh, that doesn't sound like [person's name], they must've been having a bad day." Choosing not to engage will save you from unnecessary headaches and make you more productive.
Everyone deserves respect, regardless of their position. Interrupting someone mid-sentence shows a lack of respect. It's important to let others finish their thoughts before jumping into the conversation with your own opinion, no matter how passionate you may be about the topic. If you notice someone else being cut off, do your best to bring them back into the conversation by asking for their opinion and giving them the floor.