The modern workplace is full of potential pitfalls1, meaning you have to be on your toes to make, and maintain, the right impression with your co-workers and colleagues.

It’s not just for the sake of politeness — more than three-quarters of HR managers recently polled by Robert Half said technology etiquette2 breaches3 can affect a person’s careerprospects4.
We’ve taken a look at tech etiquette in a contemporary company setting for some useful advice offering up-to-date “do’s and don’ts” for the digital age.
Have a read through our guidelines below. In the comments, share your tips for staying on the right side of polite in the workplace — and do share any bad manners horror stories you’ve experienced.
1. Never Unplug a Device on Charge
1. 不要拔掉在充电的设备
It may sometimes be a scramble5 to find a socket6 to juice up your dying gadgetry7, but the “first come, first served” rule stands fast in this area. You must never unplug another device that’s on charge without first checking that it’s okay to do so.
Always, always, always ask — and if you can’t find device’s owner, then walk away and find another outlet8. For all you know, the gadget’s owner might be about to head into a vitally important meeting or call and need all the juice they can get.
2. Don’t Wear Headphones Away From Your Desk
2. 离开座位时不要戴耳机
Does your company allows its employees to work with headphones on? Plugging into music can be a great way to concentrate and block out the noise and distractions9 of a busy work environment, but be sure to take them off every time you leave your seat. Even if you want to try and maintain your level of concentration, don’t be tempted10 to wear headphones incommunal11 areas, it can be perceived as anti-social, and downright rude.
3. Don’t Use Someone Else’s Computer
3. 不要用别人的电脑
It’s easy to think all equipment is company property and fair game for use, but this does not extend to computers and laptops. You should never use someone else’s PC, even if it is just for a super-quick fact check. Most people are pretty possessive about their PCs and view unauthorized use as an intrusion of their privacy.
4. Don’t Forget to Refill Supplies
4. 别忘了补充物资
Be a good neighbor when it comes to office equipment. If you use the last of thephotocopier12 paper, refill it. Return gadgets13 fully14 charged. Put a new pot of coffee on if you have the last cup. Report inevitable15 printer errors to someone who can fix the issue.  Don’t walk away from an issue, even if you’re mega-busy and think no one noticed that you were the last person to use it.
5. Put Your Phone on Silent at All Times
5. 时刻把手机调成静音
Even if it’s office policy to allow personal calls on your mobile phone, we strongly suggest switching your phone to silent every single time you enter the office. You may only get personal calls on occasion, but you can bet the times you do either someone important will be walking past or you’ll have left your phone unattended at your desk while everyone else hears it ring. Also, your novelty alert tones might amuse you, but can seriously grate on the nerves of nearby colleagues. Don’t be that person.
6. Limit Laptop Activity in Meetings
6. 在会议中少使用笔记本电脑
While it’s commonplace to take your laptop into meetings, try and be disciplined about what you do with it. Although it’s tempting16 to carry on working, check mail, IM or even browse17during meetings, you should limit this kind of activity out of politeness. If no one can see your screen, you may think that tapping away on the keyboard could be interpreted as taking notes, but it will be fairly obvious to anyone else present that your attention is away from the room.
7. Don’t Be an IM Nuisance
7. 别被即时通讯所拖累
Instant messaging is a really useful tool, but it’s easy to misuse18 and this can be a real source of annoyance19. We’d hope it goes without saying to respect someone’s “busy” status, but there are other issues to consider too. Only inter-office IM someone with a query20 that can be resolved within a few brief responses. If the conversation is going to be longer than that, get up and speak to them in person or pick up the phone.
8. Don’t Be a Screen Smearer21
8. 别当屏幕涂抹者
Finally, this may seem like a small thing to pick up on, but we promise you it’s a huge source of annoyance for many. Don’t be a screen smearer. We’re obviously not talking about touch screens here, but monitors and laptop displays. Some people really dislike it when you put fingerprints22 on their screens. While it’s easy to do if you’re trying to make a point or explain something, try not to touch other people’s screens and definitely don’t touch any screen if you’ve got dirty fingers.
1 pitfalls   ['pɪtfɔ:lz]    
(捕猎野兽用的)陷阱( pitfall的名词复数 ); 意想不到的困难,易犯的错误
the potential pitfalls of buying a house 购买房屋可能遇到的圈套
Several pitfalls remain in the way of an agreement. 在达成协议的进程中还有几个隐藏的困难。
2 etiquette   [ˈetɪket]  
The rules of etiquette are not so strict nowadays.如今的礼仪规则已不那么严格了。
According to etiquette,you should stand up to meet a guest.按照礼节你应该站起来接待客人。
3 breaches  [bri:tʃiz]  
破坏( breach的名词复数 ); 破裂; 缺口; 违背
He imposed heavy penalties for breaches of oath or pledges. 他对违反誓言和保证的行为给予严厉的惩罚。
This renders all breaches of morality before marriage very uncommon. 这样一来,婚前败坏道德的事就少见了。
4 prospects  [ˈprɔspekts]  
There is a mood of pessimism in the company about future job prospects. 公司中有一种对工作前景悲观的情绪。
They are less sanguine about the company’s long-term prospects. 他们对公司的远景不那么乐观。
5 scramble   [ˈskræmbl]   
He broke his leg in his scramble down the wall.他爬墙摔断了腿。
It was a long scramble to the top of the hill.到山顶须要爬登一段长路。
6 socket   [ˈsɒkɪt]   
He put the electric plug into the socket.他把电插头插入插座。
The battery charger plugs into any mains socket.这个电池充电器可以插入任何类型的电源插座。
7 gadgetry  [ˈgædʒɪtri]  
His desk is covered with electronic gadgetry. 他的书桌上摆满了各种电子装置。
Then why not just take back all your fancy gadgetry? 那你怎么不把这堆玩意给我撤了? 来自电影对白
8 outlet   [ˈaʊtlet]  
The outlet of a water pipe was blocked.水管的出水口堵住了。
Running is a good outlet for his energy.跑步是他发泄过剩精力的好方法。
9 distractions  [dɪˈstrækʃənz] 
n.使人分心的事[人]( distraction的名词复数 );娱乐,消遣;心烦意乱;精神错乱
I find it hard to work at home because there are too many distractions. 我发觉在家里工作很难,因为使人分心的事太多。
There are too many distractions here to work properly. 这里叫人分心的事太多,使人无法好好工作。 来自《简明英汉词典》
10 tempted   ['temptid]   
I was sorely tempted to complain, but I didn’t. 我极想发牢骚,但还是没开口。
I was tempted by the dessert menu. 甜食菜单馋得我垂涎欲滴。
11 communal   [kəˈmju:nl] 
There was a communal toilet on the landing for the four flats.在楼梯平台上有一处公共卫生间供4套公寓使用。
The toilets and other communal facilities were in a shocking state.厕所及其他公共设施的状况极其糟糕。
12 photocopier  [ˈfəʊtəʊkɒpiə(r)] 
You’ve left your master in the photocopier.你把原件留在影印机里了。
If the photocopier stops working,just give it a clout.如果那部影印机停止运转的话就敲它一下。
13 gadgets  [gæ,dʒets]   
n.小机械,小器具( gadget的名词复数 )
Certainly. The idea is not to have a house full of gadgets. 当然。设想是房屋不再充满小配件。 来自超越目标英语 第4册
This meant more gadgets and more experiments. 这意味着要设计出更多的装置,做更多的实验。 来自英汉非文学 – 科学史
14 fully   [ˈfʊli]   
The doctor asked me to breathe in,then to breathe out fully.医生让我先吸气,然后全部呼出。
They soon became fully integrated into the local community.他们很快就完全融入了当地人的圈子。
15 inevitable  [ɪnˈevɪtəbl]   
Mary was wearing her inevitable large hat.玛丽戴着她总是戴的那顶大帽子。
The defeat had inevitable consequences for British policy.战败对英国政策不可避免地产生了影响。
16 tempting   [ˈtemptɪŋ] 
a.诱人的, 吸引人的
It is tempting to idealize the past. 人都爱把过去的日子说得那么美好。
It was a tempting offer. 这是个诱人的提议。
17 browse   [braʊz]   
I had a browse through the books on her shelf.我浏览了一下她书架上的书。
It is a good idea to browse through it first.最好先通篇浏览一遍。
18 misuse   [ˌmɪsˈju:z]   
It disturbs me profoundly that you so misuse your talents.你如此滥用自己的才能,使我深感不安。
He was sacked for computer misuse.他因滥用计算机而被解雇了。
19 annoyance   [əˈnɔɪəns]  
Why do you always take your annoyance out on me?为什么你不高兴时总是对我出气?
I felt annoyance at being teased.我恼恨别人取笑我。
20 query  [ˈkwɪəri]   
I query very much whether it is wise to act so hastily.我真怀疑如此操之过急地行动是否明智。
They raised a query on his sincerity.他们对他是否真诚提出质疑。
21 smearer   ['smɪərə]   
22 fingerprints  [ˈfɪŋgəˌprɪnts] 
n.指纹( fingerprint的名词复数 )v.指纹( fingerprint的第三人称单数 )
Everyone’s fingerprints are unique. 每个人的指纹都是独一无二的。
They wore gloves so as not to leave any fingerprints behind (them). 他们戴着手套,以免留下指纹。 来自《简明英汉词典》

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