It still pays to play nice at work, a Robert Half survey confirms.
Employees were asked, “In your opinion, to what extent does being courteous to co-workers positively impact a person’s career prospects?”
Greatly, it can accelerate advancement: 48%
Somewhat, but skills play a bigger role: 41%
No impact at all. It’s who or what you know: 10%
“In most cases, a minor etiquette slip-up won’t likely be career-limiting if you quickly acknowledge it and learn from your mistake,” says Brett Good of Robert Half International. “But continual missteps have a cumulative effect that can chip away at your reputation.”
Mind your manners with these tips:
- Keep it PG-rated. When you wonder if you should say something or not, that’s your internal voice telling you to zip it.
- Don’t criticize others behind their backs. It’s called gossiping. Address problems head-on.
- Keep your cool. It never, ever pays to raise your voice or fire off a rude email.
Source: Robert Half International.