3 Rules for Developing the Right Workplace Etiquette

Workplace etiquette can have a significant impact a company’s ability to operate smoothly. This is because proper workplace etiquette reflects professionalisms and success, and an improper workplace etiquette can make a company look amateurish. Etiquette can have a strong impact on employee mentality. Therefore, it should not be overlooked. Here are some workplace etiquette tips.

1. Dress code

If you want to have a great workplace etiquette at your office, then it is crucial that you establish a dress code that is both professional, and corresponds to your business. There are a number of different dress codes to choose from. For example, there is traditional business attire, smart business attire, business casual attire, etc.


Whatever you choose, you want your employees to look professional and well-suited for the job. So, a hedge fund may choose traditional business attire, and a mobile food truck company may choose business casual. As long as your employees look dressed professionally for the job, you are on the right track.

2. Communication

You should make it clear to your employees that they are expected to communicate with one another in a professional and respectful way. This means that they should not shout at, insult, or make derogatory remarks to one another. Professional communication is not only important for workplace etiquette, but it is also important for complying with laws regarding the proper treatment of people in a work setting. You should also always lead by example when it comes to proper communication.

3. Cleanliness

At your office, your employees may be set up in various types of work stations. You should make it clear that your employees are expected to keep their work stations clean and not let their things spill into the stations of other employees. Also, there should be limits to what you allow your employees to have at their work stations.

For example, pictures, or office supplies like staplers should be allowed. However, unnecessary items such as games, music instruments, or other such non-work related, distracting items should not be allowed. Work stations should be clean, organized, and not overly filled with personal items that can distract from the tasks at hand that the company needs performed by the employee.


When it comes to establishing a great workplace etiquette, the onus is usually on the managers. So, if you find yourself in a managerial role at a company, you can follow these workplace etiquette tips. It may take a little while for your employees to comply with it perfectly. But if you keep working on it, you’ll get there!

Karin Jakovljevic

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Karin Jakovljevic - Head of Marketing

Karin Jakovljevic is the head of marketing at Ximble, a powerful, cloud-based workforce management system, simplifying employee scheduling and time tracking for retailers, restaurants and small businesses.

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