Even if you’ve been working for far too long somewhere…
The most hard-working, talented, and highly skilled people can still get a little lazy when it comes to having a balanced work-life ethic.
And although, being very relaxed and comfortable is a great sign that your work is panning out nicely for you.
It’s always important to ensure that you don’t go outside your boundaries and do unethical things that you’re about to soon read.
The reason for this is because the behavior has just gotten so ‘out of control’ in many workplaces these days.
Regrettably, many people really don’t know about their lack of work ethic, or, even worse, they just don’t care!
So let’s “check-in” and see some of these office don’ts (even if you’re the boss) to find out what unprofessional things that you may be doing so you can change them once and for all!
This article may not apply to all industries but these key points do address, in most cases, what is considered to be a bad work ethic. Apply only the tips that are relevant to your working environment and you should see great results!
1. Stop Interrupting.
Let’s get this first little annoying habit out the way first!
Are you aware that the average employee is distracted every three minutes and that it usually takes about 23 minutes to get back to the right frame of mind?
Even the most organized and concentrated people lose three to five hours a day regularly because of “time bandits”.
You look terrible if you disturb other employees at work for no good reason. Don’t be a time bandit unless it’s really really really worth it.
2. Don’t stroll into meetings 10 minutes late and act like it’s nothing.
It’s often said that people who are kept waiting in a meeting for 10 minutes while you perpetually always run late, will let it slide the first few times.
But the plain cold hard truth is that, no, you are not ‘running late’, you are being rude and selfish if it’s happening more than you’d like.
So don’t make this a regular thing because it will surely start to irritate others and make you look bad at work.
3. Always make the new hire feel welcome.
There’s a reason why there are hit shows called Undercover Boss.
Imagine needing to use the restroom on your first day and not knowing where to go?
Now imagine being new and not feeling welcomed at all?
There are many reasons why people neglect to go out of their way for new staff members. They can either feel threatened, the company may have a high turnover rate or they are just plain lazy to go out of their way.
Either way, not putting the effort in still makes you look bad!
So no matter how high up the ladder you are, always put yourself in other’s shoes and treat others the way you would want to be treated.
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4. Stop oversharing your personal life.
We all know that it’s sometimes hard not to chat about your personal life with those we spend the majority of our time with.
And although, you spend so much time interacting with them at work that you may feel like you are closer than you really are — so be careful!
Be careful not to share too many details. Too much information can hurt your career at work if you spill too much information.
5. Stop making excuses instead of apologizing.
Making excuses can turn into a bad pattern if you are not being aware or cautious about it.
No matter what the situation is, having an excuse for why it didn’t work (every single time) instead of taking responsibility will inadvertently make you look bad too. The reason is accountability. Taking accountability is often looked at as a sign of maturity and is widely respected in the workplace.
And there is only one way to turn this around and it’s to take full ownership of your mistakes.
You’ll be surprised how good this can turn around your work environment when you do.
6. Don’t compromise your health by overworking.
Simply put, working overly long tenacious hours is not just bad for your overall well-being but it’s also bad for your health.
Overworking can also make you look ‘busy’ with not being able to handle a better work-life balance.
And it can simultaneously make you seem superhuman which can inadvertently double your workload because hey, ‘you can handle it all’!
Either way, no job is worth your health and well-being.
Maybe it’s time to press down on those work breaks and set better boundaries with the workloads you are being tasked to do.
7. Stop heading home earlier than expected.
A lot of millennials are taking full advantage of this these days. And that’s because recent studies suggest that the percentages of businesses have increased for not calling holidays urgent, but instead are easing restrictions on workday hours.
How does this make you look bad?
Well for starters, this topic can be debated at length, but let’s just say that you shouldn’t take a ‘holiday’ every day before the workday ends.
Doing so will really make you look bad because according to work studies if a person leaves work “early”, they will often be the one that misses out on current events and is most often “talked about” when not present.
To counteract this, spend extra hours at work from Monday to Wednesday, and then later in the week, you can leave early if your company allows for it.
Doing so should allow you to lead a more fairly structured work-life balance.
8. Don’t show up dressing sloppy and not looking put together.
As the boundaries between work and home start to blur, so do the lines between comfort and professionalism.
But when it comes to being professional at work, comfortable is one thing, but sloppy is another.
If you think having to dress up for work every day is a pain, try getting a few classic staples that’ll make your wardrobe look sharp and expensive.
You’ll look clean and professional and dressing formally for work also helps you mentally separate work and leisure.
9. The same applies if you put little effort into your hair and makeup.
All right, this may sound harsh, but the truth is, you do have to look presentable at work.
And unfortunately, it goes much further than just looking sharp in your work attire.
We could all use some tips on how to deal with a bad hair day but this usually often involves some sort of effort in your hair or make-up.
To top it off, research also shows that it takes only seconds for people to form an opinion of you and of your level of expertise.
So to combat this, try to always keep a comb or some makeup with you for those important one-on-one meetings.
10. Stop sending late-night work e-mails or work messages to your co-workers.
Did you know that constantly sending late-night emails shows poor management skills?
You’ll also be reminding clients or staff of work during their downtime which no one really wants!
Plus, the worst typos come out (late at night) when you type an email while you’re feeling really sleepy.
All in all, it’s best to stick with regular business hours when everyone is in the right frame of mind.
11. Nix overindulging in workplace gossip.
This is a huge no-no, but we all do it!
Don’t arrive on Monday morning and gather around the coffee maker to share your weekend stories.
Before you know it, your whisper could spread throughout the office as if you were being a little malicious and could be added to your HR’s file if you’re being reckless with your gossiping.
12. Don’t talk over people just because you’re “the superior”.
This is very common in the workforce.
Some junior team members will inevitably be sent a ‘strong message’ that their opinion doesn’t matter.
Yes, you do have to work hard to earn your respect in your field, but it does not warrant talking over junior staff members to maintain your authority.
Give respect and you will have earned it. It’s a two-way street.
13. Stop checking your social media accounts while at work.
While workplace use of social media is now mainstream, its use has gotten way too out of control at the office.
Social media shouldn’t be used as a time-waster but it is. So give yourself some time away from the device to get some good work in!
14. Try not to post about your job on social media if you don’t really need too.
Often times our work-life can creep it’s way into our personal lives online.
And even though that’s a normal way of life now, we still have to remind ourselves that there is a fine line between the two.
Always remember that what you do outside of the office can hinder your success inside the office.
That who you are connected with online can also negatively affect you at the office.
If you properly separate the two on social media and keep your office rants to your closest friends and family you’ll be well on your way to being more pro at work.
Regardless of how long you’ve worked at any position, it’s important that you always keep things professional.
Make sure to follow these tips, and if you have a focus on that upcoming promotion, you’ll land it by steering away from some of these offices no no’s.
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