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Office Do's and Don'ts: The Workplace Etiquette Quiz
by Staff
If you've been in the working world for a while, you might think you have office etiquette down pat. But maybe you should take this quiz to make sure you're not unwittingly offending everyone.

True or false: You should avoid taking sick days at all costs.

  • true
  • false

You discover a packet of microwave butter popcorn in your pantry at home. What do you do?

  • Put it in your work bag, and fire up the office microwave for an afternoon snack.
  • Eat it at home.
  • Share it with your team at a meeting.

You're leading a meeting for your small team of five people. Where should you have it?

  • in your cubicle
  • at a fancy restaurant
  • in a conference room

You've just been introduced to the new receptionist at your office. Do you shake his hand?

  • yes
  • no

If you're sitting at your desk when the introduction is made, what should you do?

  • Give a little wave instead of a handshake.
  • Stand up and shake his hand.
  • Stay seated and shake his hand.

Who makes the first move on the handshake?

  • the man
  • whoever's higher-ranking
  • the newbie

Your husband just gave you an expensive bottle of perfume for your birthday. Do you wear it to work?

  • yes
  • no
  • sparingly

Your wife just gave you an expensive bottle of cologne for your birthday. Do you wear it to work?

  • yes
  • no
  • sparingly

It's almost 5 p.m. on Friday, and you need to refresh your hair and makeup before happy hour. Where do you go?

  • your desk
  • the restroom
  • Wait until you get to the bar.

What time should you get to work in the morning?

  • a few minutes early
  • right on time

When should you leave in the evening?

  • a few minutes early
  • right on time
  • a few minutes late

When pondering what to wear to work, it's never a bad idea to follow your boss' lead.

  • true
  • false

Your daughter is selling Girl Scout cookies. Should you pass an order form around the office?

  • yes
  • no
  • maybe

What tone should you use when sending an email to the whole office?

  • formal
  • casual
  • irreverent

Are emojis ever appropriate?

  • yes
  • no
  • maybe

Can you wear flip-flops on casual Friday?

  • yes
  • no
  • maybe

Is there ever any excuse for not cleaning up after yourself in the office kitchen?

  • yes
  • no
  • maybe

You're out at a lunch meeting and are dying for a beer. Should you order one?

  • yes
  • no
  • maybe

You have a conference call at 10 a.m. When should you call in?

  • 9:57 a.m.
  • 10 a.m.
  • 10:03 a.m.

You don't have much to do on this particular conference call except listen. What's one important thing you should do?

  • Take great notes.
  • Try to contribute to the conversation anyway.
  • Put your phone on mute.

If you do suddenly feel the need to interject with a pertinent point, what should you do first?

  • State your name.
  • Clear your throat.
  • Make a beeping sound.

Should you take your dog for a walk during the call?

  • yes
  • no
  • maybe

What's one thing you should do beforehand if you're the leader of the conference call?

  • Hold a meeting about it.
  • Send everyone an agenda.
  • Have a panic attack.

You're reheating some leftovers in the office microwave and suddenly realize that you need to make a call. What should you NOT do?

  • Wait 30 more seconds, get your food out of the microwave, and go back to your desk.
  • Leave the food in the microwave, and rush back to your desk.
  • Put the food back in the fridge, and rush back to your desk.

You accidentally put your leftovers in the microwave for 30 minutes instead of 30 seconds, and it's a bad scene in there. What do you do?

  • Call the cleaning crew.
  • Run away
  • Clean it up.

You just got the new Beyonce album and cannot wait to listen to it all day at work. Good idea?

  • yes
  • no
  • maybe

You've been totally swamped all day and realize at 4:45 p.m. that you never replied to an urgent email. What do you do?

  • Shoot back a quick reply.
  • Leave it till the morning.
  • Panic, erase the email, and pretend you never got it.

Gmail is down and you really want to email your sister about something. Should you use your work email account?

  • yes
  • no
  • maybe

Where should you engage in workplace gossip?

  • in the kitchen
  • in a closed office
  • somewhere far from the office

At a business lunch, should you pull a chair out for your female coworker?

  • yes
  • no
  • maybe