Top 10 things not to do in the office
If you have worked in an office then you will know there are some things you just don’t do. No matter what type of office you work in, there are unwritten rules that everyone attempts to follow. To most people, it’s common sense not to do any of the following things in the office. However, there are a select few office workers who don’t seem to realise when they are crossing a line.
Doing certain things in the office can make you very unpopular and alienate your colleagues. If you want to fit in and build good relationships with your colleagues then here are 10 things you shouldn’t do in the office.
- Gossip about colleagues
No one likes people who constantly gossip. If you keep saying bad things about colleagues behind their back sooner or later it will come back to bite you. Gossiping in an office environment can be very tempting but it will get you a bad reputation and your colleagues won’t trust you. If you hear people gossiping around you, do your best not to get involved as it’s just not worth it.
- Be really negative
It’s exhausting having to deal with someone in the office who constantly complains. Negativity can spread like wildfire, and managers can quickly pick up on the employees that are fuelling the fire. It won’t reflect well on you if it gets back to senior management that you have been moaning about the company. Being overly negative will also bring other people down and create a horrible atmosphere in the office. Try not to be that person.
- Dress inappropriately
Whether you like it or not, in an office environment you will be judged on your appearance. It’s important to respect the dress code in your office to abide by the rules but also to gain acceptance from your colleagues. If you have a smart dress code don’t push the boundaries and dress too casual. Avoid wearing anything too provocative if you want to be respected and look professional.
- Spread your germs
If you do have a bit of a cold and come into the office, try and be respectful of other people and prevent your germs from spreading. Bring Tissues, Anti-Bac gel and try not to shake anyones hand.
- Personal grooming
There are some things that you just shouldn’t do in the office and personal grooming is high on the list. There is absolutely no need to do it in the office, engage in personal grooming in the comfort (and privacy) of your own home. For example, clipping your nails, flossing, plucking hairs and painting your nails should all be done at home. Do you really want a reputation for being disgusting?
- Bring in foul smelling food
A lot of people do this without realising how many people they annoy. They are stuck in one room for most of the day, the last thing your co-workers want is to have to put up with a horrible smell. Be considerate and think about what food you bring into the office. Fish for example should be avoided at all costs.
- Leave your mess everywhere
People quickly become annoyed with office workers who leave a mess everywhere. When you eat in the kitchen, put your plates away and try to keep your desk as tidy as possible. Don’t leave rubbish lying around everywhere.
- Say something NOA (not office appropriate)
It’s extremely awkward when a colleague discloses too much information. If you want to avoid extremely cringe worthy moments then it’s important to realise there are some things you should keep to yourself. It’s wise never to disclose too much personal information when you are in the office. Make sure you have boundaries for your professional life
- Be on your phone all day
Not only is this unprofessional and anti-social, it will probably get you into trouble with your boss. Don’t spend most of your working day on your phone checking Facebook and Whatsapping your friends. It will soon become clear you are not pulling your weight and you could put your job at risk.
- Disrespect your colleagues
Extreme emotions should be avoided in the office. In stressful situations it’s important you keep your cool and try not to get angry. Lashing out at colleagues is not acceptable and it will make you very unpopular. Treat your colleagues with respect and try not to say anything that they might find offensive.