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Piercings, tattoos OK, foul language, pets, politics a big no in workplace etiquette

Last Updated Dec 18, 2019 at 9:24 am PDT

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A survey for Accountemps reveals some do's and don'ts for today's Canadian workplace

Most common unacceptable bahaviour includes using foul language, bringing pets, putting up political materials

Non-traditional piercings, tattoos, casual attire, funky hair more acceptable now in the workplace, poll finds

VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – They used to be frowned upon in some offices, but non-traditional piercings, tattoos, casual attire, and funky hair colours are apparently now more acceptable.

A survey for Accountemps reveals some do’s and don’ts for today’s Canadian workplace.

“As workplaces evolve, many professionals are looking for greater flexibility from employers when it comes to their individual preferences at work,” Koula Vasilopoulos, district president for Accountemps, says in a release. “How an organization’s company culture is perceived can have an impact on the kinds of professionals it attracts, and ultimately retains. It’s up to employers to set the tone for the environment they want to promote by creating clear guidelines around office etiquette and using their own behaviour to set an example.”

While nearly all senior managers surveyed say organizations have loosened up over the past decade, certain behaviours are still a no-no.

The most common are using foul language, bringing pets to the office, and putting up political materials.

“Your actions at work speak volumes and can impact your professional reputation in the long term — for better or worse,” Vasilopoulos says.

Many senior managers say streaming political events and talking about politics continue to be inappropriate in the workplace.

Meantime, about two-in-five respondents add listening to music without headphones and streaming sports while at work are also frowned upon.

Vasilopoulos says it’s always best to err on the side of caution if you’re not sure how something you say or wear may be interpreted at work.

“Showing consideration for your colleagues goes a long way in ensuring a positive, inclusive work environment and mutual respect for the success of the business.”