In my book, “Unforgiving, Memoir of an Asperger Teen”, I talk about finding myself in an unfamiliar environment on at least two occasions. If I had known the appropriate etiquette, I could have been spared much embarrassment. So to save you, my friends, from suffering the same awkward moments at work, I’m offering you these Office Behavior Etiquette Tips:
Choose humor over swearing.
When conversing, give co-workers a respectable distance of 15 inches.
Smile often and acknowledge them as a sign of respect.
Screen your calls using caller ID. Set your phone to vibrate and let voice mail pick up.
Anticipate potential callers and call them first — before work.
Never answer your phone when you’re in a meeting. If it’s life and death urgent, leave the meeting. Go out of the room, and speak quietly if you really must take the call.
Don’t make your phone visible on a desk or a lunch table.
When you do eat with others, chew wisely and while they are talking instead of when you are talking.
These rules of office etiquette come from: http://ca.askmen.com/money/professional_150/161_professional_life.html