Using office equipment

Your company may provide you with equipment and supplies that are owned by them for the benefit of everyone. It is up to you to use them wisely and, in general, only for business purposes.

Inside the Indian business mind : a tactical guide for managers
Katherine C. Zubko and Raj R. Sahay.
Santa Barbara, Calif. : Praeger, c2010.
There is enormous opportunity for companies that want to sell to India's one billion consumers or partner with Indian companies, but doing so isn't always easy. Inside the Indian Business Mind: A Tactical Guide for Managers offers a primer on the culture and its opportunities. This unique guide will help Western business people enter the Indian market, make the best use of Indian manufacturing facilities, and create and develop successful, long-term business relationships with Indian business partners and teams.The book is not a list of dos and don'ts. Rather, it approaches doing business in India from the perspective of in-depth cultural models, translating cultural knowledge into practical working strategies. The authors, an Indian who has worked in the United States and an American who has worked in India, arm readers with an understanding of 11 primary cultural ingredients that come into play in business relationships with South Asians—ingredients that can be mastered and adapted across many contexts to forge lucrative partnerships.
301 smart answers to tough business etiquette questions
Vicky Oliver.
New York : Skyhorse Pub., c2010.
Knowing workplace etiquette can get a person a raise or promotion--and can keep him or her from getting fired. Oliver tackles the topic in this savvy resource.
Business etiquette : 101 ways to conduct business with charm and savvy
by Ann Marie Sabath.
Franklin Lakes, NJ : Career Press, c2010.
"Assists individuals in enhancing their understanding of the 'perception impact.'" --William H. Bagley, Regional Director of Human Resources, Deloitte & Touche "Powerful and thought-provoking." --John Daw, Vice President of Field Sales, Marriott Lodging "Anyone who wants to make a great impression on co-workers or customers can benefit from the tips provided in this book." --Sheila Casserly, President, Celebrity Focus What differentiates business people from business professionals? Many individuals invest in their careers yet have no clue how to set themselves apart from their competition. Business Etiquette: 101 Ways to Conduct Business With Charm & Savvy reveals both the unwritten and unspoken rules of success. It gives new hires and seasoned professionals alike those rather effortless strategies for climbing that slippery ladder of success. You'll learn appropriate ways for: Introducing two people whose names you've forgotten Determining when to send an e-mail vs. a "snail mail" follow-up Managing coworkers who drop in your office on a moment's notice Being put on the spot in a meeting Playing the corporate hierarchy game with your boss and other higher-ups Dealing with international hosts, colleagues and customers.

Limit the use of personal phone calls. Only make local calls. Keep the number of calls you receive down and keep the calls short. You are tying up the phones while getting the jokes of the day faxed to you.

Avoid using the copier for personal copies. You can save the company money by copying your tax records and group bulletins down at the nearest office supply store. The extra savings could be put into your company's budget for important business expenditures.

Watch where you surf. If you have a computer on your desk, you probably can navigate the Internet. Learn your company's policy on Internet usage. Your Internet usage may be monitored by your employer. Ask if you can use your business account during lunch and breaks. There's a good chance that if you have Internet access you have an email account. Never send anything offensive, it could be grounds for dismissal.

Excessive use that can violate company policy

Calling long-distance
Copying computer software programs
Bringing office supplies home
Using company tools or equipment without authorization
Using any resources for personal financial gain

Straighten up your desktop. Your desktop is a reflection of your personality and how you approach work. Desk drawers and cabinets are good for concealing piles of papers, notes, tools and other items. Tidy it up before you leave to go home.

Remember when using office equipment that it belongs to everyone.

Article by: St. Louis Public Library staff