NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- What are the most common ways to breach workplace etiquette and curb your career growth, if not derail it altogether?
Employers and staffers don't always see the answers to that question the same way, according to a recent survey by Accountemps (RHI). But bosses certainly have more leverage to decide what matters, since they can fire employees who buck their rules, and a company finds U.S. chief financial officers are most often bugged by workers "being distracted" on the job (27% of CFOs say so) and "gossiping about colleagues" (18%).
Other top offenses cited by CFOs:
- Not responding to calls or emails.
- Being late to meetings, or missing them.
- Not crediting other staffers when appropriate.
Upper management and workers actually agree on professional decorum more than they disagree, and the shared message is easy to sum up: "Most jobs today require teamwork and strong collaboration skills, and that means following the unwritten rules of office protocol," says Bill Driscoll, a district president of Accountemps. "Poor workplace etiquette demonstrates a lack of consideration for coworkers."
Of course, the list of potential professional breaches far exceeds the Accountemps list.
"I've seen it all," says Nicole Williams, a workplace consultant and contributor to NBC's The Today Show. "Employees who lie on expense reports; who badmouth the company or boss on social media or to clients; proofreading mistakes; missing deadlines. Just to name a few."
If you do trip up on the job, it's best to take responsibility. "If you really screw up, you have to suffer the consequences in silence," Williams says. "Don't protest, don't try and get out of it, and don't put the blame on someone or something else. People will respect you more for owning your mistakes."