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Tips to keep you in check at work.

Melbourne, Mar 25 ( ANI ): One of the biggest mistakes you can make in the workplace is getting on your colleagues and boss' wrong side without knowing it.

No matter how good you might be at your job, you could be missing out on promotions or better opportunities if you don't know how to observe office etiquette, News.com.au reported.

Business Insider gathered some business etiquette experts for advice on how to behave at work.

Do not interrupt because it's rude, and it shows a lack of respect.

Also try not be loud, as it can be intrusive, and takes up other people's personal space.

Don't eat smelly food. If it's likely to disrupt your colleagues, don't do it.

Try avoiding using slang or text speak.

Just because you're writing an email, don't think you can avoid using correct English. Treat online communication the same as a formal letter.

No one likes a colleague who takes all the credit, and it will hinder rather than help your reputation if you don't acknowledge your colleagues' work.

Don't go overboard with perfume. Overwhelming the person at the cubicle next to you with your favourite scent will rarely win you any friends.

Keep your ring tone under control. The best rule of thumb is to keep it on silent or vibrate, but at least stay away from distracting pop songs or irritating music while you're at work.

Keep your office clean. Your co-workers aren't your parents, they shouldn't have to clean up after you.

Wash your dishes after yourself, don't leave leftovers in the fridge until they go bad, and don't leave your takeaway coffee cups scattered around your desk or the office.

Don't get too personal. Sometimes you just have to draw the line - oversharing can leave you vulnerable in the business environment, can make your colleagues uncomfortable, and can be terrible for productivity.

Last but not the least, be on time.

Rolling into the office late is not a good look, neither is being late to meetings.

If you're not punctual, you give the impression you don't care enough to make an effort to arrive on time. ( ANI )

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