Minding Your Manners at Work

By Kelly Evanko


Nowadays, it seems as though manners have gone by the wayside ironically at a time when etiquette is essential now more than ever in a professional setting. With so many of us looking for work or trying to keep the job we have, we need to constantly mind our manners. Social media outlets have blurred the lines in terms of what is appropriate and we are left shaking our heads while navigating unchartered social territory like never before. In its most basic form, etiquette is really all about making another person feel good. It’s not just a list of do’s and don’ts or telling people what to do or how to do it. Etiquette is just an overall outline on what to do or how to act in certain situations. I always check myself by saying, “Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.” Here are a few tips to help you build your etiquette at work.

When interviewing for a new job, always look your best. This is the first impression someone will have of you and it can either set you apart from pack or send you packing. Whether it is a professional setting or a causal one, try to be neat, tidy, and well groomed.

Always come to work or an interview prepared. When interviewing, make sure to bring extra copies of your resume and a list of references. If possible, bring examples of your work with you, as well. Do your homework when interviewing for a company you may not be familiar with and read up on the company’s website so that you can display your knowledge when speaking with the HR officer. When presenting ideas or working on a project, make sure to have any notes or presentation materials ready to go, so you don’t have to keep people waiting. When making a presentation, be sure to be concise and stay on topic. Allow others to ask questions and give feedback… Read More

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