7 Bad Habits You Should Quit At The Workplace Starting Today
By Susan Gitonga
Consider the workplace your new home once you join a company. You will meet all sorts of people from different backgrounds who share different values and beliefs and its so crucial that you maintain a good reputation and outlook on life when engaging with them.
That said, here are 6 things that are considered ‘messy’ and destructive that you should quit doing from today:
Meddling in other people’s affairs at the workplace and talking about their weaknesses is a bad vice that will have a great effect on you. The problem when we gossip is that we are unable to work efficiently as we are always looking on the negative traits of a person which produces bad bile and causes discord among colleagues.
We work in a time and space where dressing is more liberal and we have the leeway to dress how we want in most circumstances. Avoid wearing clothes your boss does not necessarily approve of. Dress in a similar manner as your colleagues do. Don’t be odd, strive to blend well with the rest of workmates. Dressing reflects more on our personality and it’s always good to post a good show of yourself with your dressing.. Be presentable.
3. Being a loner and not being a team player
Even for introverts, it’s important that you work together with your colleagues when you’re required to. You can’t afford to isolate yourself at the workplace because all functions are interrelated and you can’t have one without the other.
Teamwork is necessary for you and the growth and success of a Company
4. Being dramatic and getting into conflict
People disagree from time to time but you must maintain your calm in situations that prompt you to react. Always respond rather than react.
Perpetually getting into conflict makes people avoid you. No one likes being around people who enjoy conflict.. Avoid being confrontational, be peaceable; it’s more fun and less stressful.
5. Refusing to be a helping hand
Sometimes a colleague might be away and you might be requested to take on some extra roles. Accept to help in such situations. You might need someone to stand in your place one day and it will be of good value if you had previously accepted to take on some extra responsibilities
6. Over sharing
Speaking of rumors, one way to fuel that chatter is by providing too much information about your personal life. Making friends at work is a good thing. However, that doesn’t mean you have to open up about all your darkest secrets or the long list of faults with your spouse. Be friendly, but draw that line in the sand. Your co-workers don’t need (or want!) to know everything.
7. Having a bad attitude
It’s not just complaining about your home life that can make you look unprofessional. Constantly being negative about things at work can be just as bad (or worse). Take things lightly and have a positive outlook on life.
If you have a problem with some aspect of the job, try to find a solution. If it’s just one of those things, put on some headphones and listen to some uplifting music, go for a walk or treat yourself to a snack you’d never normally eat. Control your attitude or it will control you