We’re all prone to picking up a few bad habits when we’ve worked at one place for a while but it is necessary to check yourself and ensure that you haven’t packed your office folders into any of these unprofessional habits.
- SHOWING UP LATE: Making it to the office at 9:05 and trying to defend the 5 minutes lateness might not a big deal in the millennial world, but believe it or not, people notice. If you run late once in a while, don’t worry as it happens to everyone every now and then. Just don’t be the person that everyone knows will always show up late.
- COMPLAINING: Even if you’ve got a really big workload and you’re tired and you’re hungry, complaining about it is not going to make it go away and the moment you start telling the entire office, you’re spreading the negativity. If you’re feeling overwhelmed at work there are plenty of ways to deal with it and that does not include complaining to your co-workers shouldn’t be one of them.
- DRESSING INAPPROPRIATELY: Most office settings are now moving towards a casually dressed environment to mimic the trend of the agile and hip start-up scene but that does not still mean weekend casual. You still want to look well put together, classy, clean and professional, so don’t let what you’re wearing defer from your reputation/capability of doing the job.
- PUTTING OFF THE SMALL STUFF: If you think ignoring emails and never getting the “small stuff” done reflects well on you, it doesn’t. Priorities are super important when you’ve got a lot on the go, but it’s also important to set aside a bit of time each day to the small needful stuff.
- OVER-PROMISING AND UNDER-DELIVERING: The worst thing you can do in the corporate world is talking up a huge game and not deliver on it. It shows poor reliability, low ability to execute, and in time, no one’s going to believe a word you say.
- GOSSIPING: Talking smack or crap at work never leads to any good, so avoid it by all means and leave the conversation the moment you feel it is going there. Do not be the person who knows all the office secrets.
- INTERRUPTING: Trust me when I say, No one, and I repeat NO ONE, appreciates an interrupter. You cannot be the office’s know-it-all, lack of social awareness individual that meddles their way into other people’s sentences before they can even finish their thought.