Many of our behaviors are done almost unconsciously, but what if it’s a habit that can create the wrong impression or impact your relationships in the workplace? Noticing and recognizing our bad habits can be a start in making a change. Here are some of the top workplace habits to avoid.
Do you roll into work five, ten, or maybe fifteen minutes late? Even if your company doesn't enforce a strict policy on start time, arriving late to work is a bad habit to fall into. Making it a priority to get to work on time, if not a few minutes early, is an easy way to show your boss you care about your job. Timeliness can also demonstrate that you respect your job and coworkers, as well as improve your professional impression.
Do you have a weak handshake? Do you avoid eye contact with others? Do you roll your eyes while people are talking? Most body language are unconscious quirks that are natural to us, but can still be taken the wrong way. Especially since the majority of communication is done through non-verbal cues, these habits can be interpreted as rude, unprofessional, and should be avoided.
Eyes on the clock, coat on by 4:50pm, and out the door by 5:01pm. Urgency such as this does get noticed by your supervisor and coworkers. We all have commitments to get to once the workday ends, but rushing out of work every day is not something to make routine. Many companies offer flexible work schedules, allowing employees to leave early or stay late, as long as you get your work done. Being productive and effective with your time is a valuable skill to master.
Social media is the ultimate time-waster. Spending too much time on social media and non-work related websites can cost you your job. Many companies monitor computer website activity and even block social media sites, so be smart and save your visits for your break time. If your attention is divided between your projects and your social feed, your productivity can also be affected and that will impact your work.
Lying about your experience or misrepresenting information is a fast way to not only lose your job, but your credibility within the industry. Honesty is always the best policy and being upfront with your manager will avoid issues that could arise in the future.
Sometimes almost out of habit we complain, gossip, or whine. This behavior is not only toxic to yourself, but your entire team. It is common for coworkers to confide in one another, but unloading too many personal issues is unprofessional and unproductive. Ask to talk to your company's Human Resource Department if there are ongoing issues you need to get off your chest.
While some bad habits may not be extreme, it can add up over time and make a difference. No one is perfect, but take the time to refine your bad habits so they don't get in the way of your successful career.