We all have bad habits. Engaging in negative behaviors, won’t necessarily make you a terrible person, but they will reflect poorly on you. When you indulge in bad habits at the workplace, you will risk appearing unprofessional to others. Although a single bad habit won’t get you fired, it could definitely disturb others around you, set you back, and reduce your work efficiency. This is why it’s time to kick these bad tendencies to the curb, and avoid the following work habits:
Complaining Without Taking Action
Do you ever feel the pressing need to vent at work? It’s natural to feel like you sometimes need to get a few things off your chest. However, there’s a fine line between venting complaining. When you make a habit of constantly complaining at work, you will amplify your negative feelings which can corrode the environment at the workplace. It goes without saying, that bottling up your emotions is never a good thing, but venting about it doesn’t make it any better. In order to reach common ground, it’s important to try to address your emotions and try to tone them down.
Saying Sorry When You’re Not
Failing to apologize for your mistakes can be quite detrimental to your career. On the other hand, being overly apologetic isn’t that great either. You should apologize when you hurt someone, cross the line, or when your mistake affects others around you. When you’re constantly apologizing for things you shouldn’t be sorry for, you will dilute the true meaning of being sorry. When you’re incessantly saying you’re sorry at work, you will give the impression that you’re too passive and that you lack self confidence.
Engaging in Office Talk
Are you one of those people who would hate to miss out on the gossip that’s going down in the break-room? Before you know it, you’ve spent a good two hours away from your desk discussing matter irrelevant to work. Its crucially important to create boundaries when engaging in office talk. Respect people’s privacy and personal affairs in order to avoid any unnecessary conflicts at the workplace.
Showing Up Late
Are you a morning person? Sometimes waking up early for work can prove to be a hassle to many employees. Its normal to find yourself running a bit late to work sometimes, especially on days where you forget to set your alarm or when you’re stuck in traffic. However, when you make a habit of arriving late to work all the time, it will show a lack of commitment and discipline. When your employer begins to notice patterns of consistent tardiness they will eventually grow weary and take certain measures with you.