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10 Things NOT To Do In Office

Even as you navigate the ever-changing dynamics of your workplace, here are 10 commandments to help you toe the line of appropriate office behaviour

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Don't be tardy

A common mistake. An extra 15 minutes of shut-eye is not worth earning the reputation of Tardy Tanya. Barring the occasional slip-up or a genuine emergency, don't do it. And inform your supervisor when you're running late.

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Don't be cocky

You might be a university topper but coming to work with an ego or an I-know-best attitude will not win you friends in office. Be assertive, not arrogant or pushy, as you work your way up.

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Never gossip

Politely excuse yourselves from situations that call upon you to take sides or disparage colleagues. If you don't like someone, keep it to yourself.

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Don't offer unsolicited advice

No matter how much you're itching to offer those pearls, unless you've been asked or it is a matter that's directly related to your responsibilities, don't!

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Groom at home, not office

Even if your office encourages a casual environment, your colleagues don't need to see you clipping your nails, flossing, tweezing. It's difficult to take someone seriously, if they can't find time to get properly groomed at home.

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Never get drunk
At the office party, no matter the egging on, never drink more than you can handle. You’re most likely to end up saying/doing something embarrassing.

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Don't discuss paychecks
Don't go around nosing into how much your colleagues or seniors are getting paid. No one respects a snoop.

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Don't overdo social media
Your social network doesn't need to know details of what transpires in your workplace, particularly when you feel like complaining. Ill-advised outbursts almost always come back to bite you.

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Avoid romantic involvements
It might not seem like a bad idea, but if/when it ends, it makes things awkward at best and unpleasant at worst.

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Never indulge in innuendo
Sexually-coloured jokes are a no-no at work. They're inappropriate, unprofessional and can make people around you uncomfortable.