It’s totally plausible that you’re a self-actualized employee who laughs at the thought of self-improvement. If that’s the case, I guess we don’t have much more to talk about—because we, on the other hand, can rattle off a dozen bad work habits that even the most celebrated employees engage in daily.
Luckily, some subtle adjustments to these habits would mean more productivity and less job loss.
Social media addiction
If going on Facebook 30 times a day doesn’t disrupt your work, then lucky you! Just because your company hasn’t taken measures to monitor your social media use doesn’t translate spending too much time on websites not related to your work.
We all sometimes feel tired, sick, and in bad mood but to habitually whine or gossip is unhealthy for the workplace. Here, the golden rule applies: If you don’t have anything nice to say, keep it to yourself.
Taking too many breaks
If you constantly stop your work every ten minutes and arrive late from breaks, it gets noticed. Displaying an attitude of tardiness and complacency could cost you that promotion and even the job.
The right course of action when talking with the boss is to wait till they are done with their thought to offer your own opinion. Interrupting people before they are done may be misconstrued as arrogance, even if you really are just excited to speak. Be more cautious of when to let your words escape.
In this hyper-paced technological age, taking more than 24 hours to respond to anything is generally considered unprofessional. Keep up to date at all times with your emails and texts. If you need time away, let your manager or colleagues know in advance.