Monday, March 28, 2011

Office Etiquette

For those of you who work in an office environment, I hope you will appreciate this post. There are certain dos and don'ts in an office and I think that the don'ts need a call out. I have to admit, this was inspired by a few instances with new employees last week. So let's just jump into it...

IF POSSIBLE, DO NOT POOP ON OUR FLOOR
I mean this literally (yes, we had poop on our bathroom floor once - gross, I know), but I also mean that you should go to another floor as a courtesy for your fellow co-workers. In our current building, there are two other floors that are unoccupied. Please do us all a favor, and go stink up the bathrooms on the other floors.

DO NOT PUT STINKY ITEMS IN THE MICROWAVE
Fish is the #1 no, no for any office kitchen. No one wants to smell the stank of your underwater leftovers, especially when there are pregnant women working in our office. Selfish. Also, if you are going to make popcorn, you MUST stand by the microwave and watch it heat up. No one likes the scent of burnt popcorn looming throughout the office for days. This is a personal bad food item for me because I hate the smell of it, but please do not cook bacon in the office. It is very pungent and not everyone likes the smell of swine.

DO NOT TALK ON YOUR CELL PHONE WHILE GOING TO THE BATHROOM
Yes, this just happened last week. Not only do others want to do their business in silence, but I'm pretty sure that the person on the other line of your phone doesn't want to hear the toilet either. No words...

IF YOU WORK IN A CUBICLE, DO NOT TALK ON SPEAKER PHONE
Not everyone wants to hear your phone conversation, especially on both ends. This means do not check your voice messages on speaker. Nor, do not listen to a conference call while on mute on speaker. If you use the excuse that you get neck cramps, then either get a headset or take an Advil.

BE MINDFUL OF OTHERS
If your cube-mate is the phone, do not start up a conversation with everyone else around. If you are listening to music or watching a video on YouTube, put on headphones. Not everyone likes your taste in music or viral videos. If you schedule a conference call and you are the leader, please show up on time. No one likes to listen to the bad hold music. And it is rude when you think that your time is more important than anyone else's, because it's not.

ELEVATOR AND DOOR ETIQUETTE
If you see a coworker walking into the building not too far behind you, hold the door for them. Same goes for the elevators. There is one person I work with in particular who consistently closes the elevator on me, which has put her on 'my list.' And trust me, it's not a good place to be.

Feel free to comment on other office dos and don'ts, as I am sure we would all love to hear them. Is it five o'clock yet?

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