Work is a place that we spend much time. Our workplace or office should be a place where we can use our talents and skills to make a living. It is easy to get too comfortable in the workplace. Some people will make great friends in the office, but you must use caution. Always be professional at all times. We can relax sometimes but being too careless will come back to haunt you.
Supervisors have a responsibility to treat office staff with respect. Never forget that you were once in a lower position. Expecting excellence is fine, but it is not fine to abuse your power. Employees that want to work hard for you because you respect them is important. When you force compliance, you build employee resentment. They may do what you say, but they will seldom do anything more than what is absolutely necessary to keep their job. Inspire hard work through your own example. They watch what you do. Always set the right example.
Office staff should really refrain from office romance. Although an office romance can be sweet, the consequences can be devastating if you and the person break up. It is best to keep personal relationships out of the work arena. If you do insist on having an office romance, discretion is key. Being too obvious is a distraction and it will attract the wrong attention. Don’t make the relationship obvious. Keep it professional at work. Love is a beautiful thing and some of us may find it in the office, but you don’t want to lose your job over it.
Great employees can be hard to find. Strive to be a great employee. Being the best you can be helps you develop as a better person. You create more opportunities for yourself, and your reputation will most likely precede you. Keep emotions out of the workplace. Emotions are human, but it is important to keep it professional. If you feel an emotional crisis, ask to be excused and gather yourself. It is better to gather yourself than to make a scene or say something that could put your job in jeopardy.