Office faux-pas and team building


We’re human. We all make mistakes. When you spend at least 40 hours a week with the same people in the same office, you’re bound to make a mistake or two in front of them.

Here are some of the most common office faux-pas, how to avoid them, and why having good working relationships is important.

Emailing the wrong person. That happens. A lot. If the email will in no way cause tension with the unintended sender, follow up immediately with a quick apology. If the contents of the email might offend the unintended sender, seek them out in-person to rectify the situation.

The office conversation. Talking too loudly can be rude and distracting to your coworkers. Try to keep the volume down and your conversations away from areas where it is evident that work is in progress.

The forgotten name. We’ve all forgotten a name we should remember, spelled a word wrong, or had our cell phone ring in the middle of a meeting. What’s important is to learn from your mistakes and work with a team who will have your back!

One thing that always helps when you commit an office faux-pas is having a good relationship with your co-workers.

“At Two Rivers Bank & Trust, we work to make sure that our teams get to know each other and spend time bonding,” said Jan Atkins, Human Resources Generalist. “Our employees are encouraged to participate in Two Rivers-sponsored employee events outside of work, too.”

This might include an Iowa/Iowa State football game or a fun-filled day at Adventureland for employees and their families.

No matter the activity, at Two Rivers we know how important it is for employees to have a bond that serves to promote a positive work environment. Come say hello at one of our branches and see for yourself!

Two Rivers Bank & Trust – Member FDIC, Equal Housing Lender



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