The way people communicate and interact today in the workplace is definitely much different than it used to be. Technology has changed the way in which people communicate generally, and this has changed business etiquette and communication in the workplace as well.
Many people are not sure what good etiquette is anymore in the business place. And it is a valid question, since there are a lot of grey lines. For example, people would much rather text and send emails than talk these days in the regular world of communication.
But is this a good way to go about communicating in the business world as well? If you are going to be sick or you need an extension on a deadline, are you going to call your supervisors or bosses, see them in person, or send them a message via a mobile texting app?
A lot of people use their social media profiles to vent about problems that they have at work, but is this really a good solution? Even if your Facebook and Twitter accounts are closed, there is still a chance that someone from your work is going to see it. Generally, the rule of thumb is that if you don’t want everyone reading it, you should not be writing it on social media.
When it comes to working on ideas together in the office, should you still be bouncing ideas off each other in the same space and in real time, or is it better to use online tools from brainstorming remotely simply because it is more convenient. Many believe that a combination of both would be best.
Working at home also brings a new set of business etiquette questions. Working from home might not be a clear concept for everyone, especially for your older relatives, neighbors and your children. Many people still equate being at home with not working.
That is why it is important to set boundaries, and to politely let people know that the fact that you are at home does not mean that you are available. Making the situation clear to everyone involved is the best way to make working from home actually work for you.