Joining a workforce can be complicated, each organisation has it’s own culture, each team can operate in different ways. Colleagues that have worked together for years, have their own ways of doing things, as someone new, how do you learn all these things and integrate well.
Manners, a rather old fashion concept, is a good leveller, it means showing genuine consideration for those around you. In the workplace, it’s being mindful and respectful of how you work together and can achieve common goals. Here a few examples I have in mind:
Being not only on time for meetings but having prepared as necessary
Taking messages and passing on notes to colleagues when they are unavailable
Being open to tasks, even if they fall outside your usual remit
Being approachable and open to new ideas
Be positive and constructive , check things with people, try not to assume, if in doubt ask. It’s surprising how many problems can arise, just because we think we know something and it turns out to be the complete opposite.
That’s not to say we should all act like robots! Also you might not get on with everyone at work and that’s ok. Always try to find common ground though with people around you and focus on outcomes. Showing courtesy and being polite goes a long way.
None of that is to say you should ever put up with inappropriate behaviour. Each organisation will have it’s own process for employee wellbeing and it should be followed accordingly.
To finish, starting work can be challenging, joing a new organisation and fitting in takes time. Learning the ropes, picking up day to day knowledge will take weeks if not longer but wherever you work, having good manners in the workplace is a good practice and will stand you in good stead.
I had the idea for this post a few weeks ago though I wasn’t sure if it would make sense, hope it’s of some value.