Silence your cell phone
And if you need to take a long personal call, step away from your desk. “Use good judgment,” Joseph Scotto, director of human resources at Higher Counsel, says. “If you’re a parent and your child calls when they come home from school every day, that’s one thing. But if the conversation is more in-depth or personal in nature, then you should excuse yourself to a common area out of courtesy to your coworkers.” And you should always follow these cell phone etiquette tips wherever you are.
Knock before you enter
Scotto says if an office door is closed, it’s probably closed for a reason. Don’t assume your boss is available to talk 24/7—even if what you need to chat about seems like an emergency. “Use good sense—don’t just barge in,” Scotto says. “Also, a lot of people who have their own office space use speakerphones. So someone might be on a conference call, even if they don’t appear to be from the outside.”