What is Proper Workplace Behavior?

Dr. Purushothaman
December 6, 2013

What makes a workplace environment an enjoyable place to be around? What keeps some employees coming back to a job day after day, year after year with a smile on their face? Of course, it is to earn a living, but you can do that anywhere. What makes a business thrive and be a positive place to work is the energy within the unit as a whole and that all stems from proper workplace behavior.

Behavior in the workplace can make or break the success of a business. It all begins with showing a great deal of respect to all of your co-workers, from your superiors in a management position to the employees who deliver your mail. If you treat your co-workers with respect and loyalty, it will be reciprocated and will keep your office business running smoothly.

Letting your co-workers know how deeply you appreciate the work that they do makes a huge difference. Telling them that their service to this company is invaluable and acknowledging them for specific reasons is sometimes all an employee needs to stay motivated and on track.

If you are in an authoritative position in the company, it is extremely important to continue to let your employees know that you are the boss and that you demand that the work be done, but there is the right way to go about this, and the wrong way. The right way, of course is to give credit where credit is due to employees who have gone the extra mile and completed their work well and in a timely fashion. Rewarding them accordingly will let the other employees see what they should strive for and will hopefully do a better job the next time. Giving your team a "tongue lashing" for an incomplete job may not be what they need to get motivated to the work properly. Stand firm in your expectations, stating clearly what is desired and expected out of them, but do that in a positive "I know you can do it" type of spirit.

Proper workplace behavior makes all the difference in the world to make a business run smoothly. Remember the motto that Respect is given when respect is shown, and you will see a drastic difference in your work environment.

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