Every workplace has a policy for acceptable dress, acceptable behavior, etc. However, there are some unspoken rules that you need to recognize and follow. This makes for a happier workplace. Piss people off and you could have a miserable time at work. I work in a large hospital and I am amazed at how the little things that grown people should know escape them entirely! I wonder how in the world they survive outside of the workplace. I often wonder if they have servants at home. Here are a few of the rules to follow to make life easier for everyone:
All the restrooms are shared. There is not a maid in there 24-7 for your convenience. Which means, if you can not figure out how to change the toilet paper roll … ask for instructions. If you use the last of the roll, replace it! Also, if you pee on the seat … clean it! This goes for men and women! Men you can certainly aim better, if not sit your ass down. Women, if you feel the need to hover above the seat because you are afraid of germs, cover the seat or better yet bring your very own Lysol wipes. I don’t care how you achieve it, just know that I do not (nor does anyone else) want to sit in your piss. When you are done in the restroom, wash your hands! Common Sense people, even the CDC recommends this simple measure to lessen the spread of germs. You would be surprised at how many Directors don’t do this one simple step ( and they are nurses!!) Gross!!
If someone holds the door for you, grab it and say Thank You! It is not in my job description to hold the door for your lazy and unappreciative ass. I will take the time to extend this simple gesture of kindness, the least you can do is say Thank You. Didn’t your mother teach you manners. If not, shame on her. If you lost that simple ability when you went to nursing or medical school shame on you!
In the communal kitchen, take care of your own trash and dishes. Your mother, nor your maid are not here to take care of your mess. Throw your garbage in the garbage can (hence the name). Wash and dry your own dishes. If you bring your lunch and put it in the communal fridge, put your name and the date on it. One person is always designated the fridge cleaner. Your lunch won’t get tossed if and you won’t get mad if you follow this rule. Unless the fridge cleaner is a mean hag that enjoys making your life difficult. If there is an awesome lunch sitting in the fridge and you know you didn’t bring it … don’t eat it! You know it isn’t yours and if the one it belongs to put their name on it, you are a thief. Leave other peoples lunches alone and bring your own, cheapskate!
When you pass coworkers or complete strangers in the hallway … smile. It makes a big difference. I don’t want to deal with your sourpuss face and neither do patients or their families (or customers). If you are having problems at home, leave them there. No one else wants to or needs to deal with it. It is a personal problem for a reason. Put your happy face on when you come to work. It is a very simple thing to smile as you pass people in the corridor.
Also, do your own job. Don’t leave it for someone else to do. You don’t want to do my job, I don’t want to do yours. I have an eight hour day already, sometimes more, having to do your work as well as mine makes my day longer and frankly just pisses me off. I have things I want to do outside of work, same as you, so don’t call in for a mental health day when you know it is swamped at work. The only time you should call in sick is when you are actually sick. You will get caught if you fake it, just a matter of time.
Lastly, do not under any circumstances come into work if you are actually sick … fever, cough, aches, chills. I don’t want it and I don’t want to bring it home to my family. No one else wants your crud either, keep it to yourself!!
Following some very simple “unspoken” rules will make everyone’s time at work more pleasant. If you recognize yourself in this article then make some changes. If you recognize a co-worker, then share this article.