Breaking Bad

Sometimes, bad habits are fairly innocuous. In the workplace, however, they can ruin a career. Here are eight work habits that you need to break as soon as possible.


  • Confusing casual with disrespectful. Show appropriate levels of respect to your supervisor, even if you have a more casual relationship filled with humor. Remember that he or she has a boss as well and is responsible for making the final decisions when they need to be made.
  • Always doing the bare minimum. Just showing up is rarely, if ever, a good idea. Even if you have extra time, get projects done in a timely manner. Generate new ideas, improve procedures and your job will serve you well.
  • Not budging from your job description. Be adaptable and realize that, especially in today’s economy, your responsibilities will likely shift over time.
  • Forgetting what your job is. Get your relevant work done and then use your time to help out with other things that might crop up during the workday. If it’s OK to receive personal e-mails at work, keep that time to a minimum.
  • Ignoring the chain of command. Go through proper channels to address problems. Discuss concerns with your boss where appropriate before going above his or her head.
  • Operating on your own clock. This is simple, really. Be punctual and dependable. Tardiness gives you the appearance of being unreliable.
  • Badmouthing your colleagues. Spreading negative opinions is a no-no. If you need to vent, do it away from work.
  • Flaunting your connections. Bragging is tacky. The person’s name you drop today might be the next person to leave the company and with that goes the sway you thought you had with people.




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