51 tips to keep you and your office happy
1) Coffee. Lots of coffee.
2) Always over communicate.
3) Accept the fact that not everyone will have the same work habits; learn to leverage strengths while compensating for growth areas.
4) Dogs in the office are great stress relievers.
5) CC team members on relevant emails.
6) Ensure meetings have a purpose.
7) Track your time as you accomplish tasks; don’t put it off until the end of the month.
8) Make yourself accessible.
9) Patience is a virtue.
10) Always show respect for others.
11) Facebook (social media) has a time and place during the workday.
12) Music can help creativity and productivity; embrace it!
13) Friday treats are a great way to end the week.
14) Don’t forget to say please.
15) Prepare for the worst, hope for the best.
16) Keep comfy shoes under your desk.
17) Accept creativity and the quirkiness that accompanies it.
18) Always keep an open mind; you never know where that next big thing will come from.
19) Fluorescent lights are boring and irritating. Use floor and desk lamps to ‘lighten’ the mood.
20) Save frequently.
21) Always say thank you, either in person or with a note.
22) Don’t sacrifice quality for speed.
23) Proofread something once. Then twice. Then a third time. Then maybe a few more times.
24) Always carry gum on you.
25) Spellcheck is your friend but it is not omnipotent; it is not a substitute for a good proofread.
26) Bring something to write with and something to write on to every meeting.
28) Understand that sometimes a phone call can be much more effective than an email.
29) Chronic lateness or tardiness is not acceptable. Ever.
30) Be willing to help out others, you never know when you’ll need them to return the favor.
31) Make sure your phone is on silent/off when attending meetings. Keep it on vibrate when in the office.
32) Always buy extra.
33) Know where the nearest 24/7 FedExKinko’s is.
34) Don’t be afraid to ask for help.
35) There’s no such thing as a stupid question.
36) Candy dishes should be kept full.
37) Learn how to take effective notes.
38) Keep common areas clean.
39) The ability to multi-task is not only appreciated; it is mandatory.
40) Think before you speak.
41) Know that there are no bad ideas during brainstorming sessions.
42) Lunch is a time to relax, reflect and stuff yo’ belly.
43) Learn to manage your email inbox. Don’t let mail sit unread. If it’s important, file it!
44) Don’t put off for tomorrow what can be done today.
45) Embrace diversity.
46) Take initiative.
47) Teaching someone a skill is a great way to learn something new about it yourself.
48) Processes were made for a reason; however, if you think there’s a better way to do something, don’t be afraid to discuss it.
49) Cheetos can wreak havoc on a keyboard.
50) Make sure you read and understand all directions.
51) Don’t assume clarity and accuracy are optional.