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Top 10 things not to do in office


Every individual can get his career on the fast track by following these simple but effective rules. Check out the top 10 countdown and be a complete professional.


Most of us spend a major chunk of our lives in our offices winning our daily bread and butter. This makes it extremely important to communicate and maintain perfect relations with our co-workers and clients. The harmony of this relation might get affected if you might be participating in activities that are a total no-no at office. With so many people that we mingle with, there are chances that we may indulge in activities that are forbidden in professionalism. So here's a countdown of 10 things not to do in office and be a complete professional.


10. Organize your time

Plan your time at office and stick to the plan. Follow your schedule strictly. Have your lunch at the time provided. If there is no fixed lunch time, do not stretch it long. Follow the office rules. Avoid leaving office before its official timing. Do not take longer breaks in between work and wasting time unnecessarily. Be accountable for every action you take and act responsible towards your duties. Avoid procrastinating. Grab a cup of hot tea and finish your task completely. You feel a great sense of accomplishment once you are done.

9. Avoid being late

Do not arrive late at office. Always be on time. Record of coming late can lay a bad impression on your superiors and bosses. It is better to arrive five minutes earlier or on time. When you come late, you need more time to settle down and you end up wasting time which can be used to complete important tasks. If you have a genuine reason for coming late, inform the designated person stating the reason of delay. It shows that you are responsible.

8. Do not stay absent without genuine reason

Taking an off from work and giving fake reasons about ill health is highly irresponsible behavior. As an employee you have official holidays and leaves. Do take advantage of these leaves. Bunking office because you are bored is not sensible as you tend to put a work pressure on your co-workers without any genuine reason. If you have genuine reasons for being absent from office inform your colleague or the Human Resource in charge. Provide all details of pending work and submissions. Make sure you are available on your mobile.


7. Avoid eating at desk

Do not eat near or on your desk. Accidents do happen and you do not want to ruin important documents or your keyboard. Some offices may allow eating at desks but it is advisable to eat lunch at office canteens or other places. Clean the clutter after eating. Take proper precaution not to mess up the place where you are going to eat. Make use of tissues and dustbins.


6. Handle office property with care

Always handle office property such as machines, furniture and electronic equipments with care. Do not be harsh while using office property. Act responsible while handling important materials such as files, folders, documents and confidential data. Do not waste electricity by keeping the electronic gadgets switched on when not in use. Though office belongings are not your personal possessions taking care of them is your duty. 'Honesty is the best Policy', is still the way to go.

5. Avoid being a chatter box

Do not keep on chatting without reason. Constant chatting with co-workers can disturb everyone. Keep your conversations short and crisp when you are working. You can indulge in small conversations but do not disturb the work environment with constant babbling.


4. Dress appropriately

Appearances do matter. Coordinating with office dress code is very important. One should always follow rules regarding the dress code. Avoid wearing casual wear to office. Wearing T-shirt and a pair of jeans to office exhibits unprofessional attitude. Formal outfits such as suits, shirts, trousers, coats are advisable for men. Women can wear formals like trousers paired with shirts and semi-formals like jeans paired with kurtis. Indian wear like salwar kameez and saris can be a good option for work wear.


3. Avoid use of office technology for personal use

You must be responsible while using office technology like telephones, fax machines, printers and computers. Making never ending personal calls from office phone, online chatting, using social networking sites, visiting banned websites or watching videos show highly unprofessional behaviour. One must use these only for office work. Limit personal use if it is important to use it.

2. Do not bring personal problems to office

It is always wise not to bring your work to home and avoid bringing your personal concerns at workplace. Do not discuss your worries and tragedies with co-workers during working hours. Avoid talking about husband-wife fights, love problems, financial hurdles and other such topics. It may have a negative impact on work efficiency. Focus on the present and it will provide you some mental space away from your problems.


Before we move on to the number one of this countdown remember that following these guidelines will help you improve your performance at work. These tips will allow you to be a better person on the social and professional front. The No.1 not to do at office is..


1. Avoid Gossip and office politics

Do not indulge in office gossip. It may be fine to comment on office happenings but it should be limited. Do not take active participation in gossiping. You may hurt the sentiments of someone who is working with you. Office gossip tends to spread rumors. A rumor about co-workers, your seniors or yourself can spoil relations. You can even lose your job due to extreme gossiping. Always remember too much of gossiping in office is unhealthy. Also avoid being part of office politics. You have been appointed to do a specific job and you must give your best shot it. Your career is more important that empty words that do no good to anyone.

If this countdown list is not convincing enough, simply imagine if you owned your office. What would you expect from your employees? It will become much easier to follow the 10 not to do list if you consider your office your own.

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Nice an useful article. All the employees should follow the standard rules defined by their company. If you are working under someone you need to be loyal and obedient to them.


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