Etiquette is indeed a big topic when it comes to the business world. Unlike what most people might imagine, etiquette is not just using the right fork for the salad. Etiquettes have a much more significant role to play in presenting yourself as an excellent professional. Very few do realize that even the tiniest of a mishap about the
following Etiquette can adversely impact one’s career more than anyone can imagine. Staying highly conscious of the business etiquette can help distinguish yourself from the others. Jacqueline Whitmore, the founder of The Protocol School of Palm Beach, Inc., says, “Good business behavior will set you apart from the competition. When you are mindful of your behavior and the feelings of others, you will be more likable and promotable.” So, here are a few essential etiquettes that can set you apart from others.
Say your full name while introducing
Most people are not good at putting names to a face. Hence you cannot expect that someone who met at a conference last year can remember your full name. It is essential that you introduce yourself saying your full name so that they can distinguish you from a sea of their other contacts. Only when people know your last name, they can easily find you on social media sites like LinkedIn. This can help you stay connected.
Do not keep changing your leg position often
While you are sitting for an extended time, naturally you might get uncomfortable and would want to change your legs position. Nevertheless, repeatedly crossing and uncrossing your legs can be a big distraction for others. Rather than fidgeting, find the most comfortable place and stick to it for as much time as possible.
Never eat or snack at your desk
You might have come across a grave situation where a colleague of yours had brought pungent smelling leftover and seen gulping it at their desk. In such a case, you will naturally feel unable to focus on your work till the smell dissipates from around you. Reserve the break room for eating your lunch. At times, it could be a tough thing to get up from your desk for lunch, but getting up to eat at least for a few minutes can give you a much-needed break that can enhance your productivity.
Never walk into someone else’s office unexpectedly
When you are buried in your work, the entry of a co-worker can be intimidating. Though it could be for clarifying a simple thing, the momentary distraction you faced could severely disturb your thought process and performance. Never do this to your co-workers. Try to send out an email to find out the mutually comfortable time to discuss what is needed.
Do not keep any personal items on the desk
Till some time back, the office desks were free of wallets, purses and other personal items during a business meeting or corporate lunch. Today, most of us feel we cannot survive without reaching out to our cell phones all the time. Make it a point to keep your cellphone stowed away. A cellphone seen on your table can mean you are unwilling to give your full attention to those with you.
Ask only what is necessary during meetings
Meetings are great opportunities to get your concerns and questions solved by the right people. With multiple people over there, you can expect that your questions will be answered rightly. At the same time, you must remember that you must not be the cause to waste all others’ time by throwing a lot of questions. During meetings, limit yourself to the most critical issues, and if you have more to ask, it is good to follow up through emails.
Pay the bill if you had invited
The back and forth dance of splitting the check can be a hateful experience to most people. The answer to the question “who must pay the bill?” is straightforward. If you have invited the client or coworker, you must pay the bill. Whether it is just a business dinner or a quick cup of coffee, it becomes your responsibility to pay the bill when you have invited someone.
Reply to all whenever it is needed or expected
Though the ‘reply all’ button can be a dangerous one at times, you must develop the habit of using it whenever necessary. When it is the question of sharing relevant information, this is all the more critical. Imagine someone sends out a group email requesting some details connected to an ongoing project. If you respond only to the original sender, all others will fall out of the loop. The situation will deprive the others of the information you had sent, or the sender will have to waste their time and effort to forward your details to others in the chain.
Remove people from email threads when not needed
While sending out specific emails, remember to remove the people who will not require that information. Remember it is equally annoying to other people to see their inboxes overrun with email chains that are not relevant to them and are just useless.
Do not use ‘thanks’ more than when it is necessary
Though showing appreciation is a good quality liked by most people, being repetitive with gratitude can make you appear insecure in the eyes of other people. Remember a single ‘confident and sincere ‘Thank You’ can profoundly do the job. In the corporate world of today, being professional means being good at following etiquettes. When you follow the etiquette rules sincerely and diligently, you can set your career in a better and more natural way.