Meghan Orner, Career Center Intern
Whether you are preparing for a job or internship, it is very important to consider workplace etiquette. Since every work environment is different, consider how well you fit within the organization, and these tips on workplace etiquette may help you make an easier transition into the workplace.
One of the easiest ways to smoothly transition into a new workplace is to make positive first impressions. Learn the names of your coworkers and learn them quickly. Since this can be a bit overwhelming on the first day, a good tip to help you remember someone’s name is to use their name about two times in your first conversation with them. It is also important to realize that it’s sometimes not what you say but HOW you say it that matters. Always be kind and courteous to your fellow employers, and remember to smile. Not only will it make you feel more comfortable with your new coworkers, but it may also make you an even more productive worker!
Some other important things to remember when incorporating workplace etiquette into your new work environment simply involve common courtesy. For example, be sure to return all phone calls and emails within 24 hours of receiving them. Even if you just respond saying that you will have more information at a later date and will contact them as soon as you can, it is very important to do so. Not returning an email or phone call is seen as unprofessional. It is also important to always adhere to deadlines. Many work environments are fast-paced, and so deadlines are essential to the flow of the workplace. If you do not think you will have enough time to complete a project or task before the deadline, speak with your supervisor immediately.
A final thing to remember is that if you have any questions about your workplace’s etiquette or protocol, simply ask your supervisor. You will be more successful in the workplace if you follow these etiquette tips. For more tips on how to adjust to a new work environment, contact the Career Center at 301-447-5202, Career-Center@msmary.edu or simply stop by the Career Center to make an appointment.