Posted by: kerrywills | July 20, 2018

Workplace courtesy

There is definitely a set of workplace courtesies that exist and it really bothers me when people do not follow them. We all work for the same company and therefore should consider ourselves part of the same team and should demonstrate respect. Here are a few examples…

  • If you are going to be out of the office reply back to meetings and decline them or let people know you will not be there – I always enjoy waiting for someone only to find out that they are not even in and did not update their calendar
  • Keep your calendar updated – just this week someone declined a meeting saying that they were traveling at that time, yet their calendar looked open then
  • Respond to messages; especially if someone if waiting for you on something
  • Manage expectations – if you can’t complete something, let someone know so they are not waiting on you or have to chase you down
  • Do what you say you will do

All of these are courtesies which demonstrate mutual respect for coworkers and their time. Making other people follow up, waste their time and constantly chase others down is bad form. Even if those people are more senior in the company, I still believe in being respectful.



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