Avoid Mistakes in these Key Workplace Behaviour and Etiquettes
- Thursday December 5th, 2013
When employers post a job opening, they are looking for a lot more than what is listed on the job description. Individuals conducting a job search should be aware of this. Their behavior in the workplace is just as important as the work they produce. In addition to the way they act, job seekers should be aware of the common courtesies expected in a work environment. When everyone operates from the same book of unwritten rules, the workplace is more pleasant and projects are accomplished efficiently.
Understanding Your Role And Working Within Your Boundaries
Each worker should understand his or her job duties and role within the team, department, and company. Employers who post a job expect that the person hired will expectations every day and if he or she cannot, an explanation should be provided. Another co-worker may have suggestions or provide direction to resources that remove the roadblocks to performing required tasks.
Just as employers expect applicants to meet the expectations listed in your job posting they also expect workers to understand their place in the company. This means everyone should be working within their level of authority and not overstepping boundaries. It only takes one person circumventing authority to bring an entire project to its knees.
Being Civil and Professional
We may not like everyone we work with but we must at least be civil. When they post a job, employers expect those hired to work together toward common goals. This requires ongoing communication between all workers involved in a project. Interaction should be professional at all times. There is never an excuse for taking credit for the work of another or making another person look less than competent in front of a group. All related issues should be addressed and resolved professionally in a one-on-one forum.
Blindsiding Is Never Acceptable
Not making others lose face is also a key component of meeting etiquette. Another important meeting behaviour is to keep teammates inform of your progress so they are never blindsided in a group setting. This also holds true in an individual interaction, as no one wants to be left unable to answer a question from the boss due to lack of information. Situations like this lead employers to start posting a job for a potential replacement or redundancy, so keep everyone involved in the project abreast of where things stand.
Time Management- Meetings and Project Deadlines
When asked to be part of a team, it is important to be an active member. When a meeting request is received, it should be accepted in a timely manner. Even when a meeting request is scheduled on a corporate calendar, participants should confirm the meeting the day before the event, making sure it will take place and confirming logistical details.
Participants should arrive at the meeting prepared to provide an update on their progress. Unattainable deadlines should be revised, as should the overall project timeline. In some cases, the new deadline may not work for someone handling another component of the project so it helps to work out these issues as a team and come to a group consensus. When employers post a job, they expect that applicants are aware of these teamwork basics and will incorporate them into their workplace behavior.
Remember: no matter how technically qualified you are, if your behaviour is unacceptable or you don’t fit an organization expectation of behaviour, you will sorely disappointed for your own attitude.
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