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Ahead of the game office etiquette

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It's impossible to please all of the people all of teh time (as the oh-so-wise saying goes), and never was truer word said than when dealing with the minefield of what passes as 'appropriate' …

It's impossible to please all of the people all of teh time (as the oh-so-wise saying goes), and never was truer word said than when dealing with the minefield of what passes as 'appropriate' workplace behaviour.


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  • 1. Ahead of the game / Office etiquette Page 1 of 2Office etiquette To really get to the bottom of what it takes to stay ahead of the game in today’s ultra-competitive market, Office Angels asked its very loyal - and reassuringly diverse - clients and candidates for their valuable, knowledgeable and altogether informed opinions; and we’re bringing you the results in the form of some incredibly useful little articles. To find out more about how to stay ahead of the game visit our website: www.office-angels.com/aheadofthegame.Follow us on:www.office-angels.com
  • 2. Ahead of the game / Office etiquette Page 2 of 2It’s impossible to please all of the people all Continuing the conscientiousness, more workers (20%) than employers (17%) think it’s unwise to eat breakfast atof the time (as the oh-so-wise saying goes), their desks, and 42% believe it’s unacceptable to shopand never was a truer word said than when online during office hours (compared with 40% employers).dealing with the minefield of what passes as Although a higher percentage of workers (30%) think it’s wrong to look at other people’s computer screens - a view‘appropriate’ workplace behaviour. shared by just 27% of employers, who will understandably be interested in what you’re up to on those desktops.At Office Angels, we love how wonderfully Employers are however a little understanding when it comeseclectic our clients and candidates are, and to medical issues: 64% being happy for staff to visit thewe think that gives us a real snapshot of the sort doctor or dentist occasionally during office hours; comparedof diversity you enjoy in your own offices; but it to 60% of employees.also means that whether you’re differentiated by Of course when it comes to email etiquette, you allgenerations, genders or personalities, it can be had pretty strong feelings: 48% of employers think it’shard to keep everyone smiling. unprofessional to add kisses and smiley faces to the end of emails, compared with a whopping 67% of employees; but both employers and employees agree (70% and 75%That’s why we were irresistibly compelled to respectively) that it’s entirely unprofessional to use text speak,ask what annoys you at work, what you think such as ‘lol’, in emails.is more than acceptable and what’s just bang In conversational terms, almost half of employers (44%)out of order. And the results made for interesting think it’s ok to use terms such as ‘love’, ‘dear’ and ‘darling’,reading on what it takes to stay ahead of the against 48% of employees; but when it comes to workplace relationships, the feeling was a little more relaxed - 62%game. of employers agreeing that it’s ok to have a romantic relationship with a colleague, compared with 59% of workers.It seems that people talking loudly on the phone drives manyof you mad; with 46% of employees and 36% of employers As we established at the beginning (by stealing somebodydeeming it unacceptable. Furthermore, 78% of employers else’s saying), you’ll never please all of the people all of- and 67% of employees - feel the same about swearing; the time; but whether you’re a receptionist, PA or hiringmeaning you’d better mind your volume, more than your P’s manager, you can always give thought to how professionaland Q’s. This is backed up by the fact that 53% of employers you are in the office.and workers think that shouting across the office is bad form. Work would be a sad place indeed if we couldn’t bondBut whilst you’re sticklers for decibels, almost double the with colleagues over a morning brew round or exchangenumber of employers (56%) than workers (27%) frown on pleasantries about our weekend activities, but refrainingusing earphones in the office, making professionalism the from shouting down the phone, bellowing over the desk,order of the day; further compounded by the fact that whilst or getting lost in the beats from your iPod can all help to89% of employers and 66% of workers think it’s occasionally ease office relations.ok to take personal calls at work, only 51% of employers and57% of staff think it’s acceptable to chat to colleagues about You might even find yourself pleasing a lot of the people,the weekend during office hours. a lot of the time.Follow us on:www.office-angels.com