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Nov 29th

(Plan Your Career) Office Etiquette

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Contract employees who move frequently between companies tell me the rules are the same wherever you work.  Know your Office Etiquette so you can get ahead on the job.
If it’s on my desk, it’s mine.
If I want it, it’s mine.  
If I need it, it’s mine.
If I used to have one just like it, it’s mine.
If I break it, it’s yours.
If it’s in the break room and unlabeled, it’s mine.
If it’s in the break room and I don’t see your name on it, it’s mine.
If I run late, it is unavoidable.
If you run late, it is unforgiveable.
If I can hear you over the walls of your cube, you are too loud.
If you talk to me over the walls of your cube, I can’t hear you.
If you have two ears and one mouth, listen more, speak less.
If it’s Monday, ask me about my weekend.
If it’s Friday, ask me about my weekend.
If I don’t ask about your weekend, it does not mean I don’t like you.  Probably.
And as long as we have to work together, have my back.  I’ll have yours, too.  Probably.

Julie Desmond is Director of Career Planning Resources with Help Wanted! Workshop.  Send career planning questions to This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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