Rules of Workplace Etiquette

Workplace Training Center e-letter

Rules of Workplace Etiquette

You would be surprised by how even the littlest things can force a wedge between you and your co-workers. Day after day of smelling your perfume or stinky lunches or too often having to listen to you take personal calls can drive them to the brink. They may not know how to communicate the problem to you, and so they act out with rudeness or avoidance. If you follow these rules, you will do your part to reduce conflict at work.


  • Talk on the phone loudly—especially on personal calls.
  • Show up late for meetings.
  • Be nosy, looking over a co-worker’s shoulder to check out his or her computer screen.
  • Take supplies from teammates’ desks without asking.
  • Chew gum loudly or talk with your mouth full of food.
  • Wear too much perfume or cologne.
  • Gossip.
  • Ask others to lie or cover for you.
  • Talk religion or politics in the office.
  • Tell offensive jokes.
  • Watch inappropriate videos.
  • Use obscenities and profanity regularly in work settings.
  • Miss or arrive late for team events.
  • Take personal time at the last minute, often leaving co-workers in the lurch.


  • Clean up after yourself.
  • Refill or replace something when you take or use the last of it (coffee, printer ink, pens).
  • Say “Please” and “Thank You.”
  • Share credit with those who deserve it.
  • Accept blame when you make a mistake.
  • Pull your own weight.
  • Maintain a positive attitude.
  • Turn your cell phone ringer off during meetings.

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