Good Office Etiquette

Throughout the years, office etiquette has evolved to comply with social norms and legalities. Some office unwritten rules still remain, however. For example, it’s rare to find bosses smoking cigars in the middle of the work day, but being punctual is still very much in fashion. The following is a quick list of dos and don’ts that can help you navigate the office with ease.


  • Arrive on time for all work related functions, including meetings
  • Dress appropriately for the job
  • Refill the coffee pot if you take the last cup
  • Pick up after yourself in any common areas
  • Voice your opinions if you think something is out of date or can be solved more efficiently
  • Have an open door policy
  • Treat your co-workers with the same level of respect as your boss
  • Apologize if you are in the wrong, even if you’re not, apologies can go a long way


  • Let meetings run late if you are the one running them
  • Leave a mess in the kitchen after heating up lunch or making coffee
  • Use foul language
  • Gossip
  • Place blame on others
  • Treat anyone as your subordinate, even if they are
  • Use negative tones when voicing your opinion, there’s a way to put a positive spin on anything
  • Let tasks slip through the cracks, if you say you are going to do something, do it