10 Dos & Don’ts of Corporate Culture
Want to go further in your career? Start by following these simple office etiquette tips.
Compiled by Erin Semple from readersdigest.com
DO be discreet. Date someone on an equal playing field or outside of your department. Be ready to accept the consequences. DON'T allow it to interfere with work. DON'T make co-workers feel uncomfortable.
DO pay attention to the FACS: the fit, the accessories, the color and the style. Dress conservatively. DON'T go for the 'sexy' look.
DO leave your personal problems at the door. DON'T overload listeners with details. Avoid the following topics: Divorce, childhood traumas, gross medical problems, the history of your family's mental problems and prison activity.
DO realize that co-workers are gossiping about you and that gossiping does not lead to you fitting in. Instead, find a positive exit strategy and walk away. DON'T start the gossip. If you are gossiping a lot, your job may be boring, and you should find more productive ways to fill your time.
DO follow the corporate culture, but be aware of your co-worker's perception of you. DON'T show up late to a meeting or an appointment and appear ill-prepared. It’s always best to be five minutes early and prepared.
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DO give an explanation, and collect the facts. Calmly address the problem with the proper solution. DON'T place blame or react in abrupt manner.
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DO take a mental health day if one is needed. Consider the benefits compared to your productivity as an employee. When requesting one, be honest with your supervisor about your mental wellness. DON'T call in sick when you are healthy, and do not post what you did on any social networking sites.
DO keep in mind your own work rhythm. Taking lunch could cause you to become less productive or allow you to meet new people and return with a fresh outlook. DON'T stay too long or allow it to take precedence over a meeting or a deadline.
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Instant messenger and E-Mail
DO be specific and clear. Pay attention the culture of your department, which can cause these forms of communication to be laid-back or more formal. DON'T use abbreviations. DON'T assume that the responder has access to the background information on a project. Rather, brief them on the topic prior to asking a question.