The only thing worse than having an awful coworker in your office is unknowingly being the awful coworker in your office. For most of us, learning good workplace habits early on in our careers is the first step towards being successful. However, we might also be picking up some negative workplace habits without realizing their lasting impact. These subtle things have the ability to do real damage to your reputation and even put otherwise promising careers at risk.
Check your modus operandi against the list below to make sure you are avoiding these common negative workplace habits at all costs.
Showing Up Late
No matter how busy your schedule, not being punctual is an all-too-common bad workplace habit that shows a lack of respect and consideration for the busy schedule of your coworkers. Whether you stroll into the office a half hour late, or miss half the meeting because you “forgot” when it was supposed to start, showing up late is one of most underrated yet most significant career sins you can commit. There’s a reason showing up late also made our list of ways to annoy your boss.
There’s more to being prepared for work than dressing business casual. Showing up to work unprepared, especially to a meeting, can wreak havoc on your career. Whenever the opportunity is presented, it’s your responsibility to be ready to share your latest contributions to the team and/or department without scrambling for tired excuses your coworkers have all heard. Furthermore, the less prepared you are, the more you may be slowing down the team or department’s progress. This can set you up for major career failure.
Not Being Proactive
Nothing will move you ahead of the pack faster than consistently taking initiative and demonstrating your willingness to go the extra mile. If you’re the kind of employee that always waits on instructions from your manager or team, you may appear unmotivated and disengaged. This bad workplace habit is a surefire way to kill your career.
Not Communicating Effectively
Success in your career is directly linked to how effectively you communicate with others, especially your manager. In most cases your career advancement is tied to your manager’s assessment of your work on a day-to-day basis.
Failing to effectively communicate with your supervisor, or ignoring communications with them all together, can leave you isolated and unproductive. Ultimately, it may also lead to being replaced with someone who puts in the effort to communicate effectively.
Another easy way to alienate your coworkers and put your career in jeopardy is to consistently be rude towards others. Stress is common in the workplace, but that’s never an excuse for treating anyone in the office with less respect. Professional courtesy is one of the pillars of career success for a reason. After all, most of us have to work in social settings, which also means that effectively communicating with our peers and managers is an essential part of achieving business goals.
The most toxic work environments are riddled with gossip, backbiting and unhealthy competition. Constantly finding yourself at the center of lies and rumors at work can place you in an uncomfortable and damaging position, ultimately ruining your reputation and sinking your career. Avoid being the gossip; in fact avoid being any of these 8 annoying people you’ll find in every office.
Not Being A Team Player
Teamwork is an essential part of accomplishing goals in the workplace. Failure to cooperate with coworkers and fully carry your own weight on a project, especially under stressful conditions, is a clear sign that you will find yourself cast out by your coworkers in short order. The majority of work that comes our way requires communication with a team, even if that team only communicates through email. Working well with others is a skill that will either gain you the validation of coworkers or seriously damage your prospects for career growth and advancement.
The good news is that while these (and other) bad workplace habits can lead to our career demise, being aware of them and addressing them early on increases the chance you can eliminate them completely. Constantly assessing our conduct as well as our relationships in the workplace is a great way to conquer these bad workplace habits altogether.
What other bad workplace habits do you think can kill your career?