The workplace is a stressful environment, no matter how well a person does his or her job. Sticking to your specific duties might be the wisest thing to do ,but that can make work a bore and simply hard to deal with. However, bonding with co-workers and the bosses can lead to a lot of misunderstandings as well. Being more aware of your surroundings and having common sense about what to say and what to do is essential, and it can keep the awkward situations to the minimum.
Gossip is one of the worst things that you can be blamed for at work. It does not matter if you colleagues are spending their lunch breaks together, making fun of other people at the office, or even worse- the boss. You do not want to be a part of that kind of a group, no matter how distant from your co-workers you might feel. Keeping your reputation is much better than spending time discussing useless rumors that may or may not be true. If you already succumbed to the pressure of not wanting to feel like an outcast ,the situation can easily be fixed. If the people you talked about found out and now give you an evil eye whenever they pass by your cubicle, go up to them and apologize. Be sincere and do not try to blame other people by saying that “everybody was doing it”.
Food can also be a touchy subject. Imagine that you have been working the whole day, you missed your lunch break and are starving beyond belief. You run into the kitchen and open the fridge door. There are soda cans, salad boxes, old pizza and many containers of yogurt. You take the first container you see. There are so many so nobody will notice that is it missing, right? You eat the yogurt in three swallows and throw the container out. Soon after your quick meal, a co-worker demands to know who ate her special imported, organic ,soy yogurt for $2.50 a cup. The moral in this story is, do not touch other people’s food! If you accidentally did eat an item that belongs to somebody else, apologize, or, if you have enough time, run to the nearest grocery store and replace it.
People at work can become friends, but anything beyond a friendship is not recommended. This is very self explanatory and is very well shown in multiple Hollywood movies as well as television shows. If the relationship develops and the guy or the girl turns out to be the love of your life, it will be great in the beginning, but who can honestly say that they would love to spend all of their time with a significant other, at work and at home? Not many, most likely. On the other end, if the relationship turns out to be nothing more than just a two-week long fling, imagine how uncomfortable the work place is going to become. Therefore, all relationships with co-workers, and bosses should be banned completely. If you made this crucial mistake and see you ex lover in the office flirting with others, do not pay attention and just stick to your work. Eventually, you will hopefully stop caring.
Going with the theme of interpersonal relationships, flirting at work can also pose a problem. Who doesn’t love to get a bit of attention from a fellow worker? If the flirting starts to feel more like stalking or is interfering with work, then it is time to put an end to it. If you are not brave enough to say something, or do not want to hurt the person or get on his or her bad side, try to find ways to stop the flirting. If you are a lady, do not dress provocatively. Men are known to be very visual beings, so if you prance down the hall in a mini skirt and a too-deep v-neck blouse, you cannot be upset about getting the wrong kind of attention. Always make sure that the clothing you wear is work-appropriate. If a guy is in the same type of situation, try to not respond to the flirting, and hope that the woman gets the hint.
There is one unwritten rule at the workplace- clean up after yourself! Even if there is a huge sign taped to the wall, there will be a person or two who will not do what they are supposed to do. Don’t end up being one of those people because such behavior can make people view you negatively, especially if they don`t know you outside of the workplace. The boss or the manager might not tell you to maintain the cleanliness of the kitchen and the bathroom, but every smart worker must treat the workplace a they would their home. An oatmeal covered spoon left on the table in the kitchen, a line of unwashed coffee mugs in the sink, and the biggest crime- a dirty pad or tampon carelessly laying next to the trash bin in the bathroom. Yes, that does happen! There will eventually be a person who will stop putting up with the mess and tell you eye to eye, that this is not appropriate behavior. If you always clean up after yourself than it is great, but if you get the hint when a co-worker complains about the messy people in the office, clean up and always remember that after using the bathroom or the kitchen, they should seem as if nobody used them after you leave.
Keeping your work and your personal life separate is very important. It does not matter how tight your schedule might be, do not try to bring your kids or even worse, pets to work. In some cases, work places do have children care centers, but if there is no such place it is better if your children, as well as pets, stay at home. If co-workers complain of not being able to concentrate because of crying babies, and bags and other things are being chewed on by feisty pets, you might have to kiss your work goodbye. To prevent this from happening, do whatever you can to have your pets and children taken care of so that you could have those eight or more hours a day to devote to your work.