Just because you’re only on a job for a short amount of time doesn’t mean there aren’t some common sense etiquette rules that you need to follow. Two very common examples are cell phones, including texts, and company emails. While you’re on a temporary assignment keep these tips in mind to be professional and courteous.
- When to answer texts or calls. Generally you should not take time away from your work day to answer a text or a call. Texts can be more difficult to manage because on the surface they appear to be quick communications. However, it is still bad manners to text while you should be working and a conversation can quickly get out of hand. Save any texting for your lunch hour or break.
- No phones in meetings. The height of bad office etiquette is to bring your phone into a meeting and spend your time texting while you should be listening or participating. Unfortunately, this is all too common. Leave you phone at your desk or in a secure location.
- Emergency situations. Companies do understand that emergencies can happen and that some communications are urgent. If you are expecting an important phone call or text, let your supervisor know so they understand when you step away suddenly to take the call. It is also important not to take advantage of their good will and use this as an excuse to take other calls or answer texts.
- Internet access. You should never use company computers to access personal email or social media accounts. A company is well within their rights to monitor the use of their equipment and your information may not be completely safe. However, they may allow employees to use these sites while on breaks. Be sure to follow the rules or wait until you get home.
- Company emails. A good rule of thumb is to never utilize company emails for personal communications. Each email through the company network belongs to the company so the information you send will not be confidential. If you are provided access to corporate email limit the use to business purposes.
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