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7 unwritten rules of work

Learn the unwritten rules of the workplace that can determine the trajectory of your entire career
Editorial team

/ Last updated on 27th October 2017

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Professional working environments are subjected to various work ethics, which the employees may learn about through different sources. However, apart from these establish work ethics, there are some unwritten rules that the employees may learn only through experience and observation. It is important for professionals to familiarise with these unwritten rules of professional culture, to ensure their career progress and success.

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These unwritten rules may vary from industry to industry and company to company. Hence, it is important that employees may decode these implicit rules in the context of a particular company culture of the organisation they are working in.

However, some of these rules are general and may be implemented in various organisations. To help you with your understanding and comprehension of these unwritten rules, below are a few points outlining these rules.

1. Devise a career plan

Realise your career objectives and accordingly develop and refine your skills and competencies to enhance your career progress and achieve your career goals.

2. Practise company culture, not company policy

There may be certain clauses included in your company’s policy, but before pursuing the suggested route, keenly observe the company culture. If according to the company policy the employees are provided with certain benefits or facilities, but no one seems to be availing these, then take the hint that it is appreciated that these are not availed.

Observe your surroundings and prefer company culture rather than the company policy.

3. Work on your promotion

The liability to prove your worth and value, at your workplace, lies with you and nobody else. Hence, work on your strengths and lobby for yourself. Take the initiative to tell others about your achievements and future objectives.

4. Long working hours

Working longer than required is an appreciated trait in an employee and putting in more effort than required will convey your worth and value to the company.

5. Communication is the key

Polish your communication skills and interact effectively at your workplace to enhance your worth and value, especially when you are conversing with the manager or the higher-ups of the company. Address them about your career goals and give due consideration to their suggestions to gain an insight into the company’s values and principles.

6. Maintain appropriate body language

Be careful about maintaining appropriate body language at your workplace, in accordance with your company culture, as it is possible that some of your mannerisms might be misinterpreted by others.

Learn and identify what is preferred at the company you are working and modify your mannerism accordingly. Not doing so can prove to be one of the major reasons behind your hampered career progress. Observe the behaviour of your co-workers and analyse their progress to gain an insight into the preferences and values of the company culture.

7. Do not only perform well, show that you have performed well

Doing well at your workplace is not enough. In fact, you need you inform others about your good performance to earn their appreciation. Try to become a part of important assignments and projects, to prove your worth to your employer or manager.

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