Basic Business Etiquette

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Basic business etiquette is essential for any business to flourish and thrive.  

Showing respect

Basic business etiquette is defined as the rules that govern employers’ and employees’ interaction within an organization. It also includes the interaction between these two parties, their customers, suppliers, other entities it does business with and its shareholders.

This is what sets one company apart from another in the marketplace.

The Basics of Business Etiquette?

You can foster basic business etiquette by building strong relationships with those in the company’s organisation. These strong relationships are essential to have with those who consume your products or use your services. It is having respect for everyone, regardless of their position in the value chain.

Some of the basics when it comes to business etiquette are:

Punctuality
Whether arriving to work or meeting a client outside the office, all employees should be at least five minutes early. Arriving to work on time shows that an employee takes his job seriously. Being punctual to a meeting shows that you value the other person’s time, making the customer feel important.

Dressing Appropriately
If the office dress code dictates that everyone maintains an official dress code, this must be observed without fail. Casual Fridays should not be taken to an extreme. Business etiquette dictates that everyone keep within the confines of their organisation’s dress code.

Being Personable
Your workplace should have a pleasant and personable outlook. An example of this is colleagues going out of their way each morning to greet one another. Remembering the names of colleagues and customers is also part of having a personable nature. Sending polite emails at all times is also part of good business etiquette. Being ready to offer a thank you for any help extended your way also points to politeness.

Being Respectful, especially in Shared Spaces
Don’t hog the coffee maker, and when you take the last cup, start another batch. Don’t leave the communal copier strewn with copies of documents that should otherwise be in the bin. Keep conversations respectful and professional with both colleagues and clients.