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Telework Etiquette Still Means Professionalism

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Nightwear probably isn’t best for your Zoom meeting. Neither is beachwear, shirtless men (or women), or a having the webcam pointing up your nose. Telework etiquette is noticed and matters.

Some people are delighted about working from home (WFH). They believe that this is the once in a lifetime opportunity. No travel or commute, nobody barging into your workspace, and no rotten fish smells coming from the office microwave.

Certainly, there are advantages and disadvantages. Both for the employer and employee.

Proof of Work

In the early 2000’s on-line education started to populate, supplement, or even replace the previous correspondence school. Things have morphed over the years and now it is bigger than ever.

During those earlier years many people believed that on-line college courses meant easy-street.

Yet, not so much if the college or university was reputable.

For those institutions, on-line credits meant more work than the traditional in-person setting. You had to prove your work since you were not actually occupying space in a traditional classroom.

The same is often true today for the WFH employee.

You may be delivering more proof of work assignments. Considering less travel time and likely fewer on-the-job interruptions from chatty co-workers your productivity might be better.

You still must show your work, perhaps even more so than in the past. Part of your work is looking and acting professionally.

Consider that your telework etiquette should be similar etiquette as if you were walking into the conference room at work.

Telework Etiquette

Just because you just jumped out of the pool. (Of course, while you were on your lunch break.) Doesn’t mean you should be on camera in your bikini.

Kids, pets, and your visiting relatives probably don’t belong in the meeting.

Most of all, your behaviors should be respectful, considerate, and illustrating appropriate patience.

Is there forgiveness? Yes, I think many people would suggest that there is more lenience and empathy for the telework environment but you would be better off getting noticed for professionalism rather than the opposite.

Keep your microphone muted unless you’re trying to speak. If a significant interruption occurs and you’re one of eight in the meeting, consider shutting off your video for a moment until you can clear the disruption on your end.

Lots of people have barking dogs, curious cats, and children with questions and needs. Do the best you can to restrict anything that wouldn’t be part of that old-school, in the office meeting.

Maybe old-school will become new-school again. Maybe it will be blended, or who knows what? In the meantime, your telework etiquette matters!

-DEG

Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.


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Zoom Dress Code, Social Etiquette, and Posers

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Today you may have a Zoom meeting. If not, you may find yourself in one this week, or next. What is your Zoom dress code? Are you a poser?

It is hard to pin point an exact moment when, but somewhere along the way the selfie became a thing.

A selfie is an opportunity. It’s an opportunity to show what you have, put on a big smile, or show everyone your tongue. Some selfies appear very natural, not staged, and comfortable. Others are more tense, stiff, and out of focus. Some are just plain silly.

Social Etiquette and Online Meetings

What about the Zoom meeting you have coming up? Are you ready for video to invade your home? What once was private is now on display. How will you pose?

Social etiquette is evolving and you are part of it. How you prepare and present today will have an impact on the shape of things in the future.

Engagement is often suggested as the key to online interaction. Keep the attention, keep things moving, more pictures, more interaction, bigger smiles, and make it all attractive.

Did you ever think you would participate in Hollywood Squares?

Does telework etiquette matter?

Most people wouldn’t even consider going to a workplace without appropriate dress and cleanliness. It’s appropriate.

Yet, if you’re not in your natural state are you comfortable?

Rules of etiquette have been challenged for decades, perhaps even centuries.

When it comes to your Zoom meetings you may want to find that happy medium. Comfortable is important, appropriate matters too.

Zoom Dress Code

It is not really contest. It isn’t a glamour show. Does it all matter? Certainly.

The goal of your Zoom meeting is probably not to attain the most likes when you share your Hollywood Squares picture on social media.

It’s about engagement, participation, and in some cases, learning.

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When you enter the physical workplace, the office of the boss, or the conference room for a meeting are you thinking about what your photo will look like? Probably not.

You’re thinking about what is about to unfold, how you’ll engage, the questions you’ll ask and the value you can contribute.

You’ve already dressed appropriately.

You’re there to engage.

For the Zoom meeting authenticity matters. Prepare for success. Don’t be a poser.

-DEG

Originally posted on August 5, 2020, last updated on December 8, 2020.

Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.


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3 Reasons Why Being Polite at Work Matters

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Recently I’ve heard a lot of chatter about manners, being polite, and proper etiquette. Being honest, much of that chatter stems from conversations about our workforce generations. However, I’m not convinced that it is a generational issue, does being polite at work matter?

Some might argue that work is work and just doing your job is all that is important. Does doing your job mean that you are not social, courteous, and polite?

Of course, in some very specialized circumstances perhaps you can work in a vacuum or behave like a robot. A word of caution though, if you want to behave like a robot then you might very well be treated like one.

Polite Matters

Politeness matters and it is often connected with the concept of rude behavior, an image or stereotype that every business or individual should choose to avoid.

Here are three of many reasons why being polite at work matters:

  1. Greetings. Greeting people with a kind, friendly, and caring attitude is important for sales and for customer service. Every business needs people (internal and external) who can be friendly with their greetings. It is important for networking, for revenue and profit, and simply put, it builds a good image and strengthens professional reputations.
  2. Reduces Anxiety. People sometimes joke about anxiety medication, but in many real life situations, people have high anxiety in the workplace. When our anxiety levels go up our communication skills go down. We might stop talking, start reliving past negative experiences or simply stop listening.
  3. Improves Decisions. Everyone makes decisions every day. In our workplace roles, we often encounter important decisions that condition business results. When the culture and atmosphere is more polite and courteous it keeps people from being hung up on non-productive issues which dramatically improves the decision making process.

Being Polite

Is being polite part of your performance measurement? It probably should be, even if it is not formally connected to job performance. It is something that every individual should strive to deliver.

Jokes about needing coffee, or not being awake yet, or accusations that someone is too chipper in the morning should be minimized. They are all poor excuses.

There are other behaviors too. For example, meeting etiquette is often problematic. Expressing that meetings are boring, showing up late, and having side conversations while someone else has the floor are all signs of poor professional etiquette.

Have you witnessed behaviors that should be improved? Do you believe being polite at work matters?

– DEG

Originally posted on July 25, 2017, last updated on November 5, 2019.

Dennis E. Gilbert is a business consultant, speaker (CSPTM), and culture expert. He is a five-time author and the founder of Appreciative Strategies, LLC. His business focuses on positive human performance improvement solutions through Appreciative Strategies®. Reach him through his website at Dennis-Gilbert.com or by calling +1 646.546.5553.


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