Bad manners are something we all deal with from others. They are also something that we all have, whether we're aware of them or not. How do we distinguish the line between an annoying behavior, and something that minimizes workplace productivity? How can leaders establish good workplace etiquette and expectations for their team? How can we be aware of ourselves and make sure our behaviors don't detract from someone else's productivity?
We have all worked a job at one point in our lives where a coworker had terrible manners. This episode, we're talking about that guy: The one who clips their nails in the cubicle, or the one who is 30 minutes late every day. The one who still wears leggings even when she knows there is a client meeting, or the one who overshares every intimate detail from their Friday night. Yeah, that guy.
Not only can these little things get on our nerves, but they can seriously impact productivity, too. That's why we're talking about bad manners in the workplace, and distinguishing between little annoying habits and those that need to be addressed. As leaders, it's imperative that we set clear expectations and boundaries with our employees—but that isn't always straightforward. How can we avoid bad manners in the workplace, and how can we address them?