Kristen Reed: While TV sitcoms and pop culture have taught most of us how to carry on in an office setting, there are common and not so common rules you should follow while working among others.
Do come to work with a positive attitude, nobody likes a Debbie Downer and negativity spreads like wild fire. The next time you think about cheering your porch here around the office, think about who may be listening and what kind of impression you'll leave on them.
Don't be afraid to ask questions. You know how they say there is no such thing as a dumb question, yet you still feel dumb for asking it. Although your inquiry may make you feel silly or foolish, it's better to go out on the limb than make an assumption that could cost you down the road.
Do mind your manners. It's great to be passionate about what you do, but let others shine as well. Your good intentions of showing what you know in your next meeting doesn't mean that you can cut everyone off and speak over others. It's important to always be polite.
Don't get caught up in office gossip. Remember you are getting paid to do a job, not to spread rumors at the water cooler. Not getting wrapped up in superficial chatter will keep you looking professional and payoff in the long run.
There is plenty of office etiquette advice one can follow to get ahead in your career. Start with these tips and see how far you can go.