Most of us saw the pictures of the Google office in Dublin, and we all hear how to succeed in this day and age we have to be creative and different, adding to that people are exposed to a vast array of choices in their careers, and are running away from “bureaucratic”, “red taped”, “follow the rules” types companies.
So as a company, how do you allow freedom for innovation and creativity without losing control? And as a team member, how do you make sure that you are acting professionally and in a respectful manner towards your colleagues and clients?
As Oscar Sanchez puts it: ”The more freedom we enjoy, the greater the responsibility we bear, toward others as well as ourselves.”
For this we have compiled some quick tips on respecting others and ourselves at the office.
1. Limit personal calls in your office space. Due to our heavy use of cell phones, we sometimes tend to forget that people around us do not need to know all of our personal related issues. Keep your phone on silent, or beep mode (not vibrate), and take your calls alone in a quiet place. A good way of controlling your personal calls is to allow a specific time to make them 2 or 3 times a day.
2. Avoid curse words. Perception: In the young people’s minds, swearing is a cool thing to do. Reality: Swearing is the number one breach of office etiquette. Remember that you represent your company and not your person when you are at work. This is why when dealing with colleagues and especially customers -orally and verbally- make sure you sound ultra polite.
3. Gossiping is part of the norm at your company? It is not supposed to be in any company. Gossiping, especially about coworkers, is strongly discouraged. Not only gossip alienates coworkers and some quit as a result; this habit creates tension hurting the overall business productivity. And remember “Who gossips with you will gossip of you” Anonymous
4. Breaks are breaks: As the name says, breaks are meant to be pauses that enable us to refresh and reboot so we can perform better. So when your coworker is having his/her lunch break, give them some space and avoid talking about work until the break is over.
5. Be an Intrapreneur: An intrapreneur is a person who behaves like an entrepreneur however within an organization. Behaving like an entrepreneur will enable you to give your career a boost, as your superiors, the company clients and your colleagues will easily notice your engagement and care. Some of the actions of “intrapreneurship” is using the office supplies responsibly, turning off computers & lights and caring for the organization as if it was your own.
If you already are highly esteemed by your coworkers, setting a good example will only create advantage to your career path success.