How Office Etiquette Affects Your Career
Professionals need to mind their manners in the workplace because behavior really does make a difference in a career, according to a survey from Accountemps. This can be challenging, especially when working in cramped cubicles and collaborative open spaces. "Workplace etiquette is about being aware of how your actions affect those around you," says Max Messmer, chairman of Accountemps and author of Managing Your Career For Dummies (John Wiley & Sons/available now). "Time constraints and external pressures aren't excuses for bad behavior. While it takes more than just good manners to rise through the ranks, displaying professional courtesy will help your career." As part of its research, Accountemps has compiled the following top office etiquette breaches. We've also included selected best practices for workplace decorum that were provided by the Columbia University Center for Career Education. More than 450 U.S. employees took part in the Accountemps research.