What Not to Do at Your New Job

It is usually best to focus on the things you should do on a job but sometimes you have to think about the don'ts. Etiquette might seem like it is old-fashioned but office etiquette will never go out of style!

So, if you want to have a job and be successful, here are a few things you should never do at work:

Gossip about your Coworkers

Whatever information you have, it is just not worth spreading!

Take Personal Phone Calls at Work

Keep personal phone calls to a minimum and keep the conversations short. Never take angry, dramatic phone calls at work, and especially not if the conversation should be kept private which leads us to...


Don't make your personal life the focus of your professional life. Learn to control what to share and what to keep private and remember that not every wants to hear about your latest drama.

Spend Hours on Facebook

or Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat or any social media channels for that matter if it is not part of your job. Remember that you are being paid to work and not browse your feed or catch up with your friends.

Set Your Own Work Hours

Unless you have an arrangement with your boss or the HR department, don't come and go as you please. Show up on time and leave when you are supposed to. That means coming back from lunch on time too!

Whine, Yell, Bully or Harass

Remember to treat everyone at the office with respect, no matter how frustrated you are about the situation. If you are upset or angry, try not to engage or respond immediately. Take some time to collect yourself and consider your response before answering. If a situation is frustrating already, you don't want to make it worse!

The Career Services team at your campus will be able to help you out with any questions you have about office etiquette. Take advantage of the years of field experience your Employment Specialists have and start your career right!