Posted by: kerrywills | April 29, 2011

Office etiqutte

Well since I have already ranted on printer etiquette and on e-mail etiquette, I will continue this series and review office etiquette. The office is a place of professionalism where people are given spaces that belong to the company to do their work. I think some people lose touch with this fact. While the occasional plaque or family photo is appropriate there are many things that often leave me wonder…

  • The motivational plaques are a bit too much (and sort of early 90s-ish). Do you really need the eagle soaring to motivate you to do your work?
  • It is probably a bad idea to put pin-ups and sports illustrated models on your office. It is not 1950 any more and this can easily be mistaken for harassment and inappropriate behavior
  • Any sort of political propaganda certainly does not belong in the office. That’s great that you voted for Ross Perot in 1992 (I did, BTW)  but the office is not the place to make your stand
  • Your attempt to re-create world structures (e.g. great pyramids, wall of china, Parthenon) out of used soda bottles and cans is not impressing anyone
  • Being green is one thing, but growing an entire greenhouse in your cube is a bit much. Leave the crawling ivy at home

What are other observations that people have on office etiquette?


  1. Were you 18 in 1992?

  2. Kerry,
    I would also suggest that people need volume controls, not on their phones, but on the level of their voices. This is especially necessary when speaking on cell phones in the era of cubicles.
    My other office etiquette suggestion is to ensure that you remain professional with your decor. Whether you bring in political garb, replicas of world monuments, or stuffed Star Wars characters, remember that you are a professional and what you put on your desk will influence what people think of you. If you want them to think you’re a Trekkie or Star Wars geek instead of an enterprise architect, then go ahead and put 100+ characters on your desk (true story)….

    Hope all is well

  3. To expand on Kerry’s point, I had a coworker in a cube outside of my office that would “baby talk” to his wife. Sad thing is, he was in his late 50’s and really should have known better.

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