The more professionals I talk to, the more clear it becomes: Manners are becoming harder to find in the workplace.
From texting while someone tries to talk to you, to muting the intercom for side conversations and then asking the other line to repeat everything they just said, people are more and more treating coworkers and vendors without respect.
In fact Fast Company recently ran an article about 10 Big Office Faux Pas that outlines exactly what kinds of bad manners are invading the workplace.
It’s because of this that people who DO show good manners in the workplace are standing out. It’s a sad thing to say, but it’s true.
So my encouragement to you is to take your talent, skills and expertise, and then actively try to add “good manners” to your repertoire. Hold yourself accountable for your manners for one month. If you don’t see a difference in the way you work with others – or the way your managers engage with you – I want to hear about it. My guess is I won’t be hearing from anyone.
Have you experienced other types of bad manners in the workplace? I want to hear from you!