Be considerate at work to keep stress to a minimum

Common courtesy can go a long way in the office, so spare a thought for others and be considerate so everyone can enjoy a happy and productive work environment. 

Have you ever had to clean up glasses and water jugs in a meeting room prior to holding your own meeting? Have you been confronted by a trolley of dirty dishes in your office kitchen on a Monday morning – after they’ve been left out over the weekend? 

Or have you been forced to clean up someone else’s rubbish from a work vehicle, or fill the vehicle with petrol before driving to your destination? Annoying, isn’t it?

The workplace can be a very stressful place when people don’t follow basic office etiquette.

And bad manners at work can be bad for employee morale and productivity. So, here’s a plea to clean up after yourself, and be respectful of your colleagues. 

Here are some simple tips for good manners in the office: 

  • Stay at home when you’re sick.
  • Show up on time for meetings. Clean up paper, IT equipment, glasses and water jugs after your meeting.
  • Keep meetings to the scheduled amount of time. Don’t force the next group to stand in the hallway outside waiting for you to finish.
  • Put your mobile phone on silent so you don’t disturb others.
  • Pay attention during meetings and avoid multi-tasking, such as scrolling through emails on your phone or computer.
  • Don’t hold meetings in an open space and distract those sitting nearby. For meetings with three or more people, go to a meeting room or a break area.
  • Eat lunch in the tea room and avoid eating smelly food at your desk.
  • Be aware of how loud you are on the telephone, particularly in the open plan office environment. And be mindful of the people sitting outside meeting rooms, as many of these rooms are not soundproof.
  • Respect your colleagues’ property (and the department’s property). Clean up any rubbish from work cars and fill the tank before you return to the office.
  • Don’t take things without asking. Refrigerator lunch food stealers – that also means you.
  • Don’t yell at others. Compassion and empathy will serve you much better in the long-run. 

So let’s all be more considerate at work. Your colleagues will thank you for it.