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Bad Habits That Could Cost You Your Job

Jan 5, 2015, 10:34 AM by User Not Found

At one time or another we've all witnessed bad habits in the workplace. Many of these behaviors are done almost unconsciously. Here are some of the top workplace habits to avoid that could jeopardize your career.

Don't be tardy for the party

Do you roll into work 5, 10, maybe 15 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.

Actions speak louder than words

Do you have a weak handshake? Do you avoid eye contact with others? Do you roll your eyes while people are talking? Since the majority of communication is done through non-verbal cues, these bad habits can be interpreted as rude, unprofessional, and should be avoided.

Tick-tock, tick-tock

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.


We can all admit to being somewhat #obsessed with social media. Truth be told, it's the ultimate #timewaster. But 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.

Liar, liar, pants on fire

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.

No one likes a negative Nancy

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.

A few bad habits won't cost you your job right away, but they can add up over time. 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.