Suffering from a poor balance between your work and your life? Here are the top 9 business etiquette tips by Dr Mark Batey, who is a senior lecturer in organizational psychology at the University of Manchester.
- If you’re in a position to get out of the office, then try to work from places that make you feel most comfortable.
- Anytime, anywhere working allows teams the freedom to hold meetings outside the office in stimulating environments, as well as enabling people to work at times to suit them.
- Tackle smaller, simpler tasks on your commute, clearing the way for you to attack the big jobs when you reach the office.
- Spend 20 minutes a day exploring new websites or content to liberate your thinking and help inspire new ideas. This can be a great habit to adopt on your daily commute.
- Being seen as “active” on messaging apps can put more pressure on you to respond, so try to separate personal and work life as far as you can.
- Use a note taking app on your mobile to capture your brilliant ideas whenever, wherever they strike.
- If you’re dealing with an angry person or sensitive issue, try to handle this in person or at least on the phone.
- When an urgent mail or message comes through, don’t let it distract you if you’re under-deadline or in a meeting. If you must, acknowledge receipt, and say you’ll back in touch shortly.
- Don’t get sucked into email before bed. Your responses will be better thought-out in the morning.