Working in an office is almost like going back to high school. There is competition, politics, drama and the ever loathsome popularity contest. If you want to stay in the good books with your co-workers, here are some habits you might want to kick.
Celebrating a win is important but don't rub it in everyone's face and be known as the office show-off. Be a little humble and leave it to others to let you know what a great job you are doing.
Rode your bike into work and didn't remember to bring a change of clothes? No one wants to sit next to someone who smells like B.O. all day. If you've underestimated the power of your deodrant, skip your coffee break and pop over to the pharmacy to pick up some emergency supplies.
It's true that sometimes your work life and your personal life will overlap but that doesn't mean your co-workers want to listen to all of your intimate private conversations. If you need to make a personal call while you're at your desk, keep it quick and hushed otherwise take it outside.
Is your cublicle the social hot spot in the office? Though this might seem like a good thing, it's likely making your neighbours resent you for being distracting and arguably slacking off on your workload. Keep social hours to a minimum or move the party to a common area like the lunchroom.
Because we're living in such a crazy era of information overload, more and more people are beginning to suffer from FOMO -- fear of missing out. Though it's good to be informed, don't let the fear become irrational to the point where you end up missing everything because you're so afraid of missing something else.
There's nothing worse than when you need something from a co-worker and they are no where to be found. Though it's normal to take a lunch break or visit the ladies room, inexplicably always being away from your desk is super annoying.
Keeping up on what's happening in the office is one thing but dishing dirt on your co-workers for fun is just plain gossip. Though this might make you popular at first, eventually you will develop a reputation that will not only lose you points around the office but could have a negative affect on your job.
If anything, today's business world is growing and changing quicker than ever. Everyone has their own way of dealing with change but if you want to stay on top of the game you need to be flexible and willing to adapt as you go. Stubbornness will get you nowhere other than out the door, eventually.
Picking your nose, flossing your teeth or clipping your finger nails are just a few things you should never do at your desk unless you want to totally gross your co-workers. If you must take care of this at work, do it in the bathroom.
Eating at Your Desk
Okay, many of us are guilty of skipping our lunch break so that we can get in an extra hour of work in. Though taking a break should always be a priority, if you have to graze on something while you're at your desk, try to stick to foods that don't give off a really strong odour -- we're looking at you tuna sandwich!
As a general rule, touching your co-workers should be avoided. Though we're not suggesting every hand shake or pat on the back is sexual harassment, there is a fine line between what's comfortable and what's creepy. If you tend to be more on the physical side, make sure to gage the response you get to ensure you're not being inappropriate.
It's great to make friends on the job but when you start hanging out with your co-workers or your boss outside of the office, defining relationships can get complicated. The best thing to do is talk about it before things get awkward and determine boudaries for when you're on the clock.