Work Ethics 101: Bad Manners at Work
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Work Ethics 101: Bad Manners at Work

Work Ethics is a crucial factor in work dynamics. Here is a list of Bad Manners at work that Work Ethics teaches us to avoid.

Work Ethics, or the “science of good conduct in the work setting,” is an integral and crucial element for productivity, efficiency and vibrancy in the workplace. The relationship between or among colleagues establishes and dictates the ambience at the workplace. Accordingly, bad manners destroy any positive mood or good vibes, and ultimately, damage the work itself. So for all tactless and inconsiderate colleagues out there, here’s a list of bad manners at that espouses the first principle in Work Ethics 101: “Avoid bad manners at work at all costs.”


Letting your mobile phone ring blaringly and endlessly

Why do you have to play that ridiculously prolonged ring tone over and over again? That’s bad manners! A ring tone as lengthy as a song and as loud as a Banshee’s shriek. Do you want to bust our ear drums? How would you feel if we blow a trumpet on your ear every minute? Work Ethics dictate that you put your mobile on silent mode, or at least choose a more discreet and unobtrusive ring tone.


Clipping your nails in public

Aside from the maddening “tic-tic” of that nail clipper and the spine-tingling apprehension of getting hit on the face by one of your filthy nail chips, the blatant display of nail clipping - which is part of routine hygiene (read: supposed to be done in private) – is enough to make us cringe in disgust, which in turn translates to losing our appetite for lunch. That’s bad manners! Work ethics dictate that you restrict your nail clipping to the bathroom or the comforts of your home.


Stealing or borrowing stuff without permission

Okay, appropriating a paper clip or a pen from your colleague without his/her consent might not be considered that bad, but what about pilfering reports or other documents? That’s bad manners! Although you may have the decency to return them soon enough, work ethics dictate that you ask permission first before getting hold of anything from your colleague’s table/cubicle.


Broadcasting your personal life to the world

You’re not a celebrity. We don’t care about your personal life. Advertising your life’s experiences to no one in particular, but everyone in general - is pure hell. Broadcasting details about your blind date, your recent travel or most embarrassing moment – especially when nobody asked you to tell your story – is bad manners! Work ethics dictate that if people are not interested about what you have to say, then keep your personal triumphs and failures to yourself. Do not coerce them to listen. Your personal story may be exciting to you, but may be downright dull to many.


Sneezing, coughing, yawning, burping and doing all other oral calisthenics of the same kind openly

Be reminded that you’re not in the privacy of your home. Work ethics ultimately is an appreciation of the primordial fact in the workplace: that you have to work with other people. You are not alone. Sneezing, coughing, yawning, or burping is “adding insult to injury” especially when it is done in a reckless and careless manner - devoid of any inhibitions, with the perpetrator rather luxuriating in its accomplishment (e.g. rubbing your tummy after a hearty burp, stretching your arms to the sky while yawning). That’s bad manners! Work ethics dictate that all forms of “oral release” should be hidden. Cover your mouth as soon as you anticipate one. Make it as subtle and confined as possible. When caught doing it openly, apologize instantly.

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Comments (4)

Great article. deserves more than a positive vote. Exhausted my quota for the day. will come back.

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Thanks kiran! I enjoyed your leadership article.

Nice share. This is interesting. some people think it is natural to burp in public. I feel like throwing out in this case. People should know their manners. Thanks for sharing.

Yes, nice. Voted up