Here’s a simple of list of basic workplace etiquette that will make sure you are seen as a credible professional at any office.

1) Be positive

No one likes hanging out with negative people who complain all the time. You will notice negative people tend to come together and forming a group where they gossip about others. DO NOT BE PART OF THIS GROUP. Which leads to the next point…

2) Don’t gossip

Gossiping is for people with too much time on their hands. It’s a sign of weakness, hurts others, is probably unfair, and it affects other peoples’ impression of you. Doesn’t matter if they are nodding along and gossiping with you. Chances are, you’ve been quietly labeled a gossiper.

3) Be kind to everyone

Don’t be the person who is only kind to their boss or the people who will help them in their career, you will really look like a suck up. Be kind and cool to everyone, inside and outside of your team and be genuine about it. Doesn’t mean you should not be friends with your boss, in fact, if anything you should be best friends. Not so you can get that promotion, but strong relationships are crucial for teams to be motivated and to achieve their goals.

4) Be humble

If you’ve done some amazing things for the company, be humble about it, don’t brag. Showing off is a sign of insecurity and really puts others off. A quiet confidence will make you both credible, strong and makes it easy for others to work and collaborate with you.

5) Don’t vent on social media

You can choose not to accept your boss’ Facebook friend request, but guess what? Everything in social media goes around. And it reflects badly on your personality too. If you’ve had a tough day at the office, speak to friends and family, keep things offline. In fact, once you’ve got things off your chest (and it’s not cemented in the digital world), you’ve given yourself a chance to change your views about the situation, makes you stronger and more adaptable. Also, remember point number 1 above.

6) Be direct but polite and respectful

Sometimes in order to avoid offending others, people may not say what they truly think at work, or the message gets phrased in such a positive way that either people don’t understand, or you’re just seen as being mildly manipulative. It’s always best to express your thoughts, but make sure you choose kind words, avoid sounding accusational and be respectful to the person you are speaking to.





Posted by Derek Toh

Derek is the founder and CEO of WOBB.CO. He was part of the pioneer batch for the Stanford-MaGIC Entrepreneurship Program, and is also a mentor for McKinsey & Company's Youth Leadership Academy. Derek is on a mission to revolutionise work culture in Asia. He cares about initiatives that improve education and the talent market. Derek is also a big fan of superhero movies, and has been told that he drinks too much coffee during the day.


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