Workplace etiquette is critical in running a business, and it can change how employees interact with each other and with their employers. Below are five ways to build workplace etiquette to ensure everything runs smoothly:
- Make A Good First Impression
Coming into a new workplace is difficult, you don’t know anyone, and you don’t know the current dynamics of the workplace. However, making a good first impression will make colleagues more likely to bring you into the workplace environment. Doing this will make the team work more cohesively to accomplish things faster and easier.
- Keep Communication Lines Clear
Communication is the key to any working relationship, including employee relations in the workplace. Communicating when something is bothering you, professionally, will help solve problems quickly and efficiently before they start. However, it is important to remember that not all communication is good communication. Gossip, complaining and other forms of negative communication should never be able to find their way into the workplace.
- Be On Time
Being on time to work is one of the hardest things for employees, but constantly arriving late to work while all of your colleagues are on time can wear on the team. Continually asking your colleagues to cover for you because you’re running behind, again, can cause the team to start to resent you for not doing your part to further the team. Being on time will make the team get along more and be an overall more cohesive unit.
- Be Available
Being available to your colleagues is incredibly important. Not just being in your cubicle able to be called on when needed, but responding to emails promptly and answering phone calls when you can. It is also important to remember that your off days are not everyone else’s off days. If you’re off and someone calls you with a question it is vital that you respond at your quickest availability to help your colleagues further their projects.
- Plan Outside Team Building
Planning outside team building activities can significantly improve team morale and make the team work together as a more cohesive unit. Events such as team building workshops, or even a team lunch, cam greatly improve how the team works together. The better a team can work, the better the workplace as a whole can function.