We may be tempted to react to situations in a way that is not necessarily considered professional when we are at work. But, no matter what type of job you have or what level you are within the organization, manners still count. Here are a few reminders of how you should behave and treat others in any type of business or work environment.
- Respect. Having respect for those above you; such as your boss or your boss’s boss is extremely important. Co-workers, also deserve your respect when you are on the job. You may not feel “respect” for these people that you work with, or maybe you do. Whatever the case does not really matter because when you are working with others you should show them the proper respect, regardless of how you may feel inside. You as a person want to be respected by others and those you work with feel the same way. So, show respect to others in the workplace.
- Language. Remember when you are at work that this is a place of professionalism – again, it does not matter what type of business in which you work. You are not out on the town, in a bar or restaurant setting, in a casual online environment or website. You are at work. The way that you speak to others or the way that you speak your mind should always convey professionalism.
- Courtesy. Extend common courtesy to your co-workers and treat them as co-workers. Be nice, be respectful, extend to them what they deserve and what you would expect yourself. Do not be vindictive or ignore notifications or conversations that should take place. Smile or say hello when you pass people, hold the door, say “thank you”. Those simple, common courtesies that we were raised to adhere to are in effect at work as well as outside of work.
Manners really do matter – in business and in any type of job. It is simple and makes everyone’s life so much more pleasant!
Originally published on Experts Pages on 7/28/13