One of the biggest mistakes you can make in your career is not understanding that there are certain codes and rules to abide by in the workplace.

If you’re not careful, you may even lose opportunities because others are put off by your lack of professionalism.

To get a better idea of the office etiquette you should be aware of, we caught up with Catherine Palmiere, president of recruitment firm Adam Personnel, and Lyudmila Bloch, business etiquette coach at World Class Business Etiquette and author of “The Golden Rules of Etiquette at The Plaza.” Here’s what they told us:

1. Don’t Interrupt your colleagues. Not only is it disrespectful but it’s a sign of  “poor social skills,” Bloch says.

2. Pull the plug on office chatter. Palmiere says it’s okay to bond with your colleagues but “when they’re walking with you to continue the conversation that’s when you know it’s too much.” 

3. Don’t be loud. Bloch says it’s not just rude, “it’s intrusive.” Keep quiet and you won’t invade other people’s personal space. 

4. Don’t eat smelly food. It can be very offensive to a coworker, so save the smelly Tuna or bag of buttery popcorn for your down time at home. 

5. Don’t use slang or text-speak. “An email should be handled as a formal letter,” Palmiere says. And don’t forget, emails can be “kept on a company’s record for years.” 

6. Share the credit. Not acknowledging a colleague’s work can ruin your reputation. “You won’t come across as a team player, [but instead] you will come across as a self-indulgent individual who just cares about his or her promotion,” Bloch tells us. 

7. Hold back on the perfume. Palmiere says when it comes to perfume there are “a lot of people who overdo it.” It’s disruptive and many people are allergic to it. If you can’t control yourself, don’t wear it at all. 

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