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5 Office Faux Pas That Happen in Your Workplace Every Day

5 Office Faux Pas That Happen in Your Workplace Every Day

The reality of everyday office life often falls short of the perfect workplace etiquette we all know weΓÇÖre supposed to be following. Can you honestly say youΓÇÖve never been guilty of any of these? And which ones irritate you the most?

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1. Plug your smartphone into your computer

It only takes a couple of minutes to plug in your smartphone and download those photos you want to share on the company Facebook page… So simple.

Why you shouldn’t: Two words: malware and spyware. That could mean anything from the loss of important company data, to security breaches involving sensitive information… do you really want to be the one to cause this kind of chaos? Speak to IT before connecting personal devices to office computers so that they can give you advice on how to protect work tech – as well as your own device.

2. Sign off with a smiley

Ah, where would the business world be without emoticons? Beloved of CEOs everywhere, itΓÇÖs the cute, friendly way to soften an otherwise corporate-sounding email and lighten the mood in the office.

Why you shouldnΓÇÖt: Smileys mean a whole lot of different things to different people. What you mean and what the recipient thinks you mean could be worlds apart. One survey found that 71% of women and 90% of men consider a winking smiley to be flirty and tantamount to asking someone on a date ΓÇô which could be awkward if all you meant to do was indicate a tongue-in-cheek tone.

At the other end of the scale, some people just find them unprofessional. Err on the side of caution and avoid.

3. Post-it note passwords

Contrary to popular belief, the safest place to store important work passwords is not on a post-it note stuck to the front of your computer. Convenient, yes; secure, no.

Why you shouldn’t: Because it’s like a neon beacon saying “Hey, access important and sensitive information here.”  Find a more secure place to stash your secret access details – if you must write them down.

4. Jargonisation of verbal workplace interactions

Trendy business phrases usually used in an attempt to sound ΓÇ£corporateΓÇ¥, as in: ΓÇ£Great idea shower guys; keep me in the loop going forward on this oneΓÇ¥.

ItΓÇÖs easy to laugh at this one. However, there is another type of corporate jargon which most of us are guilty of ΓÇô using terminology or acronyms specific to our jobs. Because we use these phrases every day, itΓÇÖs easy to assume everyone else knows what we mean.

Why you shouldnΓÇÖt: Because you donΓÇÖt sound ΓÇ£corporateΓÇ¥. In fact, most people really hate this kind of office jargon.

5. Secret socialising

Whether youΓÇÖre constantly texting, receiving personal email to your work account or sneaking a peek at your Facebook or Twitter profiles, modern technology has given us more ways than ever before to carry on our social lives while weΓÇÖre on the clock. Before you know it, youΓÇÖre spending more time socialising than doing the job.

Why you shouldnΓÇÖt: ItΓÇÖs distracting (and maybe not just to you); it harms your productivity and, even if you work in an office where personal phones are allowed, youΓÇÖll soon look unprofessional if you spend too much time planning your social calendar.

What do you think? WhatΓÇÖs the most annoying office faux pas youΓÇÖve come across? Tell us in the comments.

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