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We all make mistakes, however some of the behaviour that goes on in the office is fairly outrageous. Here are 5 signs your professional behaviour could use some polishing:1. Sending a picture of a wilted rose via the office IM to a married co-worker that you have only met briefly is not recommended (especially when you are an intern who started two weeks prior.)
2. Multitasking is impressive, but pulling out your knitting in staff meeting may be overkill.
3. If you leave your wife for another woman, probably best to change the phone number on your public resume.
4. If you are the only person wearing jeans in a room full of 150 people, take heed. Taking heed means not wearing them again the following week to the same event.
5. When you’re invited to a fancy restaurant by the brand new CEO, best to avoid topics such as the Zombie Apocalypse or staged moon-landing conspiracies.
After 40 hours a week in one place, getting comfortable on the job is understandable. Complacency is sometimes expected, but questionable behaviour is something to keep on your radar. Even when you are complying with the rules, if you have poor office etiquette, people will judge you.
If any of the above stories ring true with you, it might be time to revisit etiquette rules for the workplace. As Emily Post said, ” Manners are a sensitive awareness of the feelings of others. If you have that awareness, you have good manners, no matter which fork you use.” And while we are at it, going around collecting money for your own office birthday party is a bold, bold move.
This post originally appeared at Pitch.
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