Office Etiquette Important, Survey Finds


Nearly half (48 percent) of workers interviewed in a recent survey said being courteous to others can help an employee rise through the ranks, according to Robert Half International, the world’s first and largest specialized staffing firm.

Another 41 percent said etiquette plays at least some role in career advancement.

“In most cases, a minor etiquette slipup won’t likely be career-limiting if you quickly acknowledge it and learn from your mistake,” said Brett Good, a senior district president for Robert Half International. “But continual missteps have a cumulative effect that can chip away at your professional reputation and get in the way of advancement.”

The survey was developed by Robert Half International and conducted by an independent research firm and is based on interviews with more than 430 workers 18 years of age or older and employed in office environments.

To read more survey findings and tips on avoiding the most common etiquette blunders, click here.