I have the privilege of beginning my first internship this fall and while I am excited, that excitement also comes with a bit of nerves. Entering my first “grown-up” work environment is intimidating and so I did what I always do to calm my nerves: I researched etiquette tips for work.
I, like many of you, have dreams of becoming a royal but in the meantime, I am studying up on how to behave in my new workplace. With the help of Emily Post, I have chosen a few tips that I feel are paramount in creating a sense of professionalism. As always, I am inspired by Kate’s gracefulness and can imagine that if she were in an office, she would behave in a similar fashion.
Arrive promptly and dressed appropriately.
This is essential in professional etiquette. Even if you have been working at the same place for years, you should arrive a few minutes before you are scheduled to begin working and leave when you are supposed to (no cutting out early). Also, be aware of the level of conservatism in your workplace. Dress to reflect that.
Attend any and all work functions.
Consider it an honor and a compliment if you are invited to events that your office is hosting. Seize the opportunity for networking and seeing your coworkers outside of a work setting. Remember to RSVP, if the function requires it, and have fun!
Never talk badly about co-workers, whether over email or in-person.
Everyone needs to vent once in a while but this should never be done in the office or over the internet, social media included. There is no need to post an angry tweet or Facebook status about someone who made you mad. Chances are they will see it or your boss could hear about it. Whenever I feel frustrated and ready to gossip, I just calmly tell myself that everything doesn’t need to be talked about.
Getting ahead is important, but not everything.
Success is fantastic and you should always be striving to do your best in whatever job you have. Do not, however, get so focused on success that you hurt others to get ahead. Have grace and decorum at work; build friendships with your coworkers and be as excited about their successes as you would be for your own. Showing others that you value them more than your own achievement speaks volumes about your character. People matter, a truth that Kate embodies impeccably. Make it your goal at work to make everyone feel important!