Office life has been a part of my life for around 4 years now, and even more so now that I work full-time. Throughout this time I have found that although there aren’t too many formal, written rules when working in an office, there are certainly plenty of unwritten rules which are just as important. Today I will be sharing 4 things which you should never do in an office (unless you want to be on the receiving end of some rather un-approving looks).
1. Don’t be the Office Fridge Thief
Luckily, I have never had the unpleasant experience of anyone stealing my food in any office that I’ve worked in. However, according to some research by Data Label, one third of people who work in an office have had their food stolen from a communal fridge. Not only is this really unfair on whoever’s food that is, but you never really know what’s in it either! There’s also nothing worse than dreaming of your yummy (leftover) pasta from last night waiting to be eaten at lunchtime, then finding out that it’s gone! You can read more about this here.
2. Never do smelly food
Sticking to the theme of food, smelly food is a big no-no in most offices. And by smelly, I don’t mean last week’s gone-off lasagne. I mean foods such as curry or fish – made even worse when you stick them in the microwave to heat them up. Sure, they might taste nice if you’re the one eating, but to everyone else who can smell it in all its pungent glory – not such a pleasant experience. Read up about 7 stinky office foods you should avoid bringing to work here.
3. Dramatic personal calls
Everyone has to deal with one or two nasty personal calls every once in a while, but that doesn’t mean that everyone else in the office needs to suffer along with you. Not only does this come across as really unprofessional, but it can also be quite distracting for everyone else. Keep your personal calls outside of the office by taking a short break to sort them out if they really cannot wait, or better still wait until you get home. Check out some tips on how to handle personal calls at work here.
4. Don’t be the Office Complainer
Sure, everyone has the right to complain about things when they’re not happy. However, being a chronic complainer can have a negative impact on everyone, yourself included. Constantly complaining about things that you’re not happy with and not doing anything about it simply sends off negative vibes which – let’s face it – everyone can do without. Doing something to solve the problem and focusing on the good things in your life creates a much more positive environment for yourself and everyone around you.
Although I’m happy to say that I don’t currently experience most of these annoying office habits where I work, I have definitely experienced some of these in the past (the smelly food one is my least favourite!).
What’s the worst thing that you’ve experienced in an office?
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