The dos and don’ts of working in an office in Pakistan

If you work in an office environment, there are some things you do and some things you don’t do. The rules are slightly different in every office, but the dos and don’ts are pretty much the same. Read on to learn the dos and don’ts of working in an office in Pakistan.

Don’t be late


Don’t make your coworkers wait on you hand and foot for things. If you need something from someone else, ask them politely if they have time to help you with whatever it is that needs doing.
Don’t talk badly about other coworkers or your boss around the water cooler or at lunch. You never know who might overhear your conversation and start talking bad about you as well…

Do dress conservatively


Dress conservatively. If you’re a female, wear a headscarf to cover your hair. If you’re male, wear long shirts and slacks. Women should also wear dresses or skirts that cover the knee. There is no need to dress up; however, be aware of what might be considered appropriate attire for your workplace. Pakistanis are formal when it comes to greetings and introductions but will soon relax as they get used to you – they will expect you to do the same with them. If there is a senior person present in the room that has not been introduced yet then wait for him/her to introduce themselves before introducing yourself or else it could be seen as rude behaviour on your part.

Don’t use your phone during work hours


No matter how important or urgent a call or message may seem, it should not be answered during work hours. It is acceptable to take a phone call from your boss, but only if you are able to take the call outside of the office. It is also acceptable to answer a text from your boss during work hours, but only if it is very short and can be answered quickly. Never check your phone for messages or emails unless you are on break.

Do take breaks


When you are taking a break, keep your phone on silent. Avoid personal conversations with coworkers, even if you are close friends. Keep your voice down when speaking, especially to the boss. Make sure that you return all work equipment to its appropriate place before leaving for a break. When returning from break, it is customary to say good morning or hello to everyone in the office.

Don’t eat at your desk


-Don’t eat at your desk. Eating at your desk is associated with a lack of self-control, laziness, or both. Furthermore, it will leave stains on the table that can be difficult to remove. Instead, you should find a place where you can go to eat your lunch without disturbing others in the workplace such as a conference room or break room.

Do be polite to your co-workers


Gossiping about the boss, co-workers, or other employees is not allowed. We want our employees to feel safe and that their personal information is not being shared. Gossiping can create tension in the work environment which can lead to problems with productivity. If you are feeling like you need to talk to someone, please consult your HR representative.

Don’t gossip


Gossiping is one of the worst habits to have at work. Gossips are always trying to find out what is going on with their colleagues. They often make up things to share with others. Gossips tend to cause more drama than they prevent. They also make the other person feel like they are being talked about behind their back. Telling a coworker something that you heard from someone else isn’t considered gossiping if you can tell them where you heard it, but repeating it is still a form of gossiping regardless of where you heard it from because this just gives them more information about the other person without knowing if it’s true or not.

Do stay focused on your work


Don’t talk about religion, politics, or anything that is controversial. Save those conversations for when you’re out of the office.
Don’t take sick days if you can help it because everyone else will be forced to pick up the slack for you.
Do remember to say thank you when someone does something nice for you. It’s a small thing but it goes a long way.
Do always tell people what they need to hear even if it’s not what they want to hear because sometimes honesty is necessary and there’s no sense in sugarcoating things just to spare someone’s feelings.

Don’t procrastinate


Don’t overwork yourself. It’s easy to get carried away when you have so much on your plate, but if you push yourself too hard you’ll burn out or make mistakes that could cost you a lot of money.
Don’t let other people’s flaws affect your work. While it can be tempting to make fun of the person who always makes typos or messes up their numbers, remember that their mistakes are theirs alone; they do not reflect poorly on your own skills or performance as a co-worker.

Do clean up your workspace


It is important to clean up your workspace as you go along. This will help maintain the necessary orderliness of your work environment. It also helps when you want to take a break from work, as it will give you a chance to relax without being surrounded by clutter. If it’s not possible for you to clean up as you go, at least make sure that when your break is over, everything is back in its place so that the next person can jump right into their work without any additional hassle.

1) Do not leave papers all over the desk or floor

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