Suite-style offices bring a variety of businesses and individuals into one office setting. While each client has their own office(s) there are shared areas which require a good understanding of acceptable manners in hallways, conference rooms, kitchens, work rooms and lobbies.
- Be mindful of phone conversations in shared areas. Walking down the hallway and loudly talking on your phone may be a distraction to those who choose to keep their office doors open. Likewise, speaking loudly on the phone in a kitchen or workroom is a nuisance to others who are forced to hear your end of the conversation.
- Be mindful of phone conversations in your office if you tend to leave your office door open. Loud conversations, raucous laughter, loud conversations on speaker phone and inappropriate language for an office setting may be annoying to others.
- Be mindful of office chatter in common areas. While it’s great to have a variety of persons to chat with, avoid touchy subjects such as: politics, religion, behaviors of persons not present in the conversation, and sports teams. Your idea of a lively conversation among those who do not share your opinion can lead to heated discussions – inappropriate for shared spaces.
- Be mindful of smells. Perfume, cologne and smelly food can leave odors that are irritating to others. Furthermore, some people are allergic to strong scents and may suffer health consequences due to your habits. And it goes without saying – regular bathing and deodorant use are a must. As far as perfume or cologne, if your fragrance arrives before you do or lingers after you’ve left – you are using too much.
- Don’t come to work if you are sick. If you’re contagious or running a fever, stay home! If you must work, have a plan for sick days which may include being available online, or having calls forwarded to your cell phone. Spare the office of your germs and your uncontrollable coughing and nose-blowing (among other symptoms).
- Be courteous in the kitchen. Don’t leave your dirty dishes in the sink. Never take and eat someone else’s food. Also, try to avoid using the microwave for foods with an overpowering scent.
- Be considerate in shared work spaces. Don’t leave the copier paper tray empty. Tidy up after yourself including putting away shared items (tape, scissors, etc.) and throwing away paper scraps, etc.
- Acknowledge the presence of others; “please and thank you” go a long way!
At Summit Executive Suites, we value our clients and strive to serve them in the most professional and courteous manner. Please consider joining us in this beautiful facility! Please call us to schedule a tour.