Times have changed and with that Office Etiquette and how you(should) do your office work has too
For many millions of people around the world, the office is the place where for at least five days a week, they go make a living.
From telecommunication sales to charities, these simple spaces provide a place for people of all kinds to apply their trade.
While their purpose has largely stayed the same, the way in which we operate within office spaces has changed quite a lot.
Take a look at this fascinating post from Social Media Week which runs through the evolution of the office, from the 1950’s to the present day.
While working in an office is very familiar to many of us, it isn’t to everyone. If you have just left school, university or have simply always worked outdoors, the culture of office work may well seem more than a little alien.
For starters, the concept of sitting largely in one place for at least eight or nine hours can take a good while to acclimatise to.
Many office jobs tend to be the standard 9 to 5 shift pattern, which is also a strange thing to acclimatise to if you’re not used to it.
If this is something you haven’t had a great deal of experience in, this post from The Penny Hoarder provides a number of helpful tips to allow for as smooth of a transition as possible.
Adjusting to the office work lifestyle is one thing, however, understanding the unwritten rules of this workspace is entirely something separate.
There is a certain etiquette to working in offices which you can never fully appreciate until you have spent a good deal of time in one.
Thankfully, for those less experienced in the world of office etiquette, silverdoor.co.uk has created a very helpful infographic.
It’s called ‘The Ultimate Guide To Office Etiquette For First Time Employees’ and you can take a look at it for yourself at the bottom of the page.
This infographic covers plenty of things, from extremely important issues to very light-hearted ones.
For example, it is always important to be very aware of the people you work with and any potential beliefs they may hold.
Speaking broadly and harshly about politics or religion in a workspace is often inappropriate and should be avoided as not to cause unintentional harm.
One the lighter side of things, if you tend to eat lunch at your desk, it might be better that you avoid munching on anything with a strong smell.
Let’s face it, you wouldn’t be overly happy if you had to spend the rest of the afternoon working in an office which had an overwhelming smell of fish, so don’t thrust that upon your colleagues.
Both of these points, as well as plenty more are available to read in the infographic below.