3 tech etiquette tips for the office

Posted by John Mathewson on February 24, 2015

There is no office these days that is not filled with technology, from computers to tablets to the smart phones that sit on our desks. That means there is more opportunity than ever to be respectful of your colleagues' possessions, especially when it comes to something as sensitive as technology.

In a recent poll done by Robert Half Finance and Accounting, more than 75 percent of human resources professionals found that breaches of office technology etiquette can have a negative impact on the career prospects of an individual. You need to be careful when it comes to technology!

Here are a few tips to help you out:

  • Keep laptop usage to a minimum in meetings: When you are meeting with other people in the company, it is best to stick to pens and paper to take notes. You will be more fully engaged in what is going on and not distracted by all your computer has to offer.
  • Never unplug a charging device: If something is plugged into an outlet that does not belong to you, do not unplug it before talking to the owner first. You never know how much juice a person might need in their phone or computer for the day.
  • Only wear headphones at your desk: You should never walk around the office with your headphones in. This will reduce your level of concentration and will not allow you to meaningfully interact with those around you when necessary.

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