While workplaces have become increasingly less formal and more business transactions are taking place outside traditional office settings, the line that separates business from personal can blur. It is important to maintain a certain level of workplace decorum, whether you are in the office or out at an office mixer. Be sure to observe the following pointers, which address a variety of scenarios:
- In-person meetings. How you conduct yourself during an in-person meeting will leave a lasting impression on your boss and colleagues.
- Be considerate of others’ time and communicate the purpose, duration and the items for discussion in advance. Thank attendees for their participation, and demonstrate your appreciation by promptly circulating a recap or minutes that document their contribution.
- Don’t monopolize the conversation. Ensure that everyone has had a chance to speak their mind before ending the meeting.
- Never assign an action item to someone not present until you have had an opportunity to negotiate it with them.
- If you are attending another person's meeting, be respectful and resist the urge to multi-task. If you are waiting for an important phone call, turn your phone to vibrate or silent, and excuse yourself before answering. Otherwise, turn your devices off.