Have you been at your job for a long time? If yes, then it can be both good and bad. While working at one particular place for a decent amount of time shows stability in your resume, it also gives you a chance to be relaxed. It gets tempting to get a bit too comfy at your workplace, which results in developing certain work habits that can eventually cost you your job.
Well, we all have bad habits and while some negative behaviours don’t necessarily make you a bad person but as an employee, they can surely reflect poorly upon you. So, just to give you a heads up, we thought of making a list of some bad work habits that you need to change, immediately.
From not being punctual to talking too much in the office, there are certain bad habits that you tend to develop at work, which cannot be good for you in the long run. Here’s a list of ten such habits that you need to work upon.
Now this is one issue that most of us face. Yes we understand that one can be late once in a while due to certain situations or emergencies, but showing up late at work every now and then is something that is definitely frowned upon. The employer will eventually get weary of your tardiness and might take some action.
It’s okay to step away from your desk every now and then to stretch your legs but if you have a habit of taking too many unnecessary breaks, it’s time to exercise some discipline. It’s unfair to the team members who have to fill in for you while you are out sipping coffee or getting a snack with your colleagues.
Say goodbye to your career if you simply refuse to be a team player. It is crucial to learn to work with co-workers even if you don’t like them. Remember that the employer is not paying you to like or dislike someone, they want you to get the work done.
While many of you must believe that how you look at work doesn’t matter, but let us tell you that there is no excuse for looking sloppy at work. Dressing well for work shows that you are serious towards your work and will also give a good impression to your employer and colleagues.
Your workplace will tend to become a more enjoyable place if everyone focuses on the positives. Your constant complaining about everything will not serve any purpose and will also keep you in a bad mood. It also shows a lack of appreciation for your job.
Of course, you can’t cut yourself from the outside world while you are in the office but texting too much or taking too many personal calls can completely throw you off track. You will be able to give your 100% if you set aside a specific window for personal calls.
There are several things that might need your boss’ approval but being completely dependent on him/her might not give a very good impression. Communicating everything to your boss is one way effective way of keeping your performance up to the mark as this will help you build trust. But eventually there will be things which your boss will expect you to handle, and asking for guidance there might not help.
Misusing expense accounts or or taking credit for someone else’s work will not take you anywhere. Always be truthful to your company, co-workers and yourself.
There’s nothing to say a quick hello if you’re crossing someone’s desk but it’s important to know the fine line between being social and being intrusive. Being too chatty will not only hamper your productivity, but it will also disturb others.
You will come across as immature and defensive if you don’t learn to take criticism positively. Just aim to be open-minded about the feedback you get at work. It will help you learn something and grow as a person.
If you’re guilty of any of the above habits, it’s time to start working on yourself.
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