Corporate Etiquette: Dos and Don’ts

Corporate Etiquette

Corporate etiquette is all about managing yourself and how you interact with people around you in the corporate environment. The first step to becoming a pro in this area is knowing the dos and don’ts.

This blog post is just for you if you’re in the middle of your current job or are a new graduate looking for an entry-level position.

Have a good read!

Corporate Etiquette: Dos and Don’ts

Do raise healthy boundaries

A promising professional relationship is often defined by boundaries they have in between. Boundaries here don’t always imply acting against the will of your co-worker, boss, or manager. It can also give simple meaning to the power of silence, patience, and listening.

When you’re at the office, you need boundaries to justify your opinion, to be unapologetic without proving anything to anyone, and to make them realize what you want to show and the fact that you indeed regard their sharing of opinion.

Don’t be afraid to speak up

Furthermore setting your boundaries doesn’t always have to suggest playing with your silence every time you heard a misunderstanding about yourself from others. Keeping silent for a long set a red signal when enough is enough and it is relatively high time to get off the chair and speak up for yourself. 

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Do keep an eye on every desk space

Okay, it is not what you think. What I want to approach here is to ensure every desk you pass by is free of daily junk, which also doesn’t mean you have to be in service for resetting every corner of rows. Act in a way that others may get inspired to declutter their system on their own as soon as they arrive.

Well, it sounds more like a managerial role to preach to them about the habit of keeping cleanliness at work, but nevertheless, each employee aka the parts of the company must keep an eye on all of these factors too for the sake of corporate etiquette.

Don’t sneak peek into other’s cubicles

Especially if that is not necessary to do so. Know that every wall of your workplace has ears and eyes wide open to inform the board right away. It is unethical as well as highly suspicious to barge into someone’s workspace corner without their permission–the personal set of boundaries they have set for themselves, just like you’ve done one for yourself.

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Do give a hand to others

The reasonable way to be personal yet professional is by helping out those in need. During earlier eras of the corporate world, the emotion of helping each other towards expanding business was never quite a thing until the recent pandemic came into our lives and taught us the importance of nurturing emotional intelligence in different corporate platforms. Hence it is a decent corporate etiquette now, a second chance to show up how human connections work in general.

Don’t micromanage

Micromanaging and helping out your co-worker is not as same as you may start to think. How to identify those minute differences? Here are my few pointers to note down—

  • Interfering with their work ethic is micromanaging act
  • Guiding your next co-worker if they ask is helping sign
  • Not bothering to hear out their suggestion is micromanaging act
  • Suggesting changes/ideas rather than ordering for it is a good sign
  • Setting inappropriate expectations as an excuse to enter into their business is micromanaging act
  • Supporting their genuine situation is a non-micromanaging act
  • Helping them out only to get extra reward points is micromanaging act

Micromanaging can go beyond the extreme level when it becomes a pattern of yours to every time do the work of others. Keeping your mind on your business is the only solution.

Do show your emotions

As I mentioned about the sudden peak in demand for emotionally intelligent people, you can’t completely work like a machine. There’s a silver lining in reflecting your emotions too little and too much, if you know it you know it.

Getting at ease with your mental state and respecting each other’s mental space is the new corporate etiquette that one must maintain to sustain here. And it all starts with feeling gratitude for everything you’ve had.

Don’t over-express

Well expressing your emotions a bit is okay, but not to an extent where you eventually get to have an instinct that you’re way oversharing details that have nothing to deal with them.

The way you express your emotion and keep a few personal means is as important as setting a boundary in the corporate workplace. Not every person you meet will get you, and thus it is a full waste of time and effort. Just stop being too hard on yourself when you know, I know that it is a temporary place full of temporary people.

Do dress up eloquently

Attiring neat and good-looking outfits add as a professional booster to batten down the hatches. I can’t emphasize enough how important it is as a part of the hygiene process to meet up the standards of different cultures and values altogether. So again a gentle reminder: never try to mess up with how you dress, at least in your important meetings.

Don’t try to spoof others

Doing so, only helps you to give away the original copy of your personality rather than retaining it for your better. Copying others’ dressing sense, and personal attitude is not a good choice in the middle stages of your career when you can still work on yourself. It all starts with your willingness. I would suggest that you dress up confidently as per the way you’re as an individual, have gratitude for everything, and improve your soft skills to be more presentable.

However it is not a compulsory and personal kind of etiquette, but it does affect your career when you gradually go up the corporate ladder. Hence take your time and fix this as soon as possible.

Do keep an open body language

Open body language contains all basic principles of human-to-human communication via verbal and visual.

The sole purpose while projecting your open language is to be welcoming and relevant to the other individual you’re talking to. In the word go, the conversation may run awful, but gradually it slows down the pressure of being in it due to enabling the magic of your open body language to take on.

Don’t keep a closed body language

Keeping a closed body language is a strict no-no for any corporate workplace. Slouching, a casual way of sitting with traversing arms and legs, shaking, or not using hands enough to express yourself should be avoided at any cost. Being comfortable with closed body language can take a toll on how you conduct yourself as a body representative of the company.

Do have a side hustle/hobby

This is the trendiest talk of the corporate town, nowadays. There’s nothing wrong with keeping a side business for long-term benefits and of course, earning some extra bucks. Most of the top multinational companies except a few, ranging from Google to Microsoft are supporting this society of running a freelancing or any kind of business. Moreover, at the end of the day having a hobby always keeps you kicking in out, and then working towards it as a passion doubles up the same joy.

Don’t moonlight

Many often misunderstand its meaning and end up relating it to one of the torturous strategies imposed by companies. Yes, some notable corporations do exist that ridiculously rip the basic autonomy from employees, but not every other if you can just have a quick Google round to find out those names.

Then what is wrong with moonlighting? Some say it is toxic enough to stay up late at night and then go out for work the next day, barely having any family/oneself time in between the hours.

Whereas to corroborate this hypothesis, some research assures that the time you start assuming a hobby as an alternative source of monetary growth, you’ll find no or less interest in keeping up with it in the next few months.

The moral is moonlighting (unhealthy multitasking) is indeed a bad option for those who want to sustain themselves in the corporate world.

To Conclude…

Make the most out of this basic corporate etiquette that anybody can embrace. Treat this blog post as a gentle reminder, I wish you all the best in your future endeavors!

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