Even the smartest and most successful people will naturally have at least a handful of bad habits in the work place. These negative behaviours don’t in themselves make you a terrible person or a bad employee, but can prevent you from fulfilling what would otherwise be your potential. The secret is to recognise and identify these traits so that you can combat them and turn them into positives.
After a quick survey in our own office here are our top ‘bad habit’ picks and how to address them;
Putting things off rather than doing them straight away.
It can be very tempting to put tasks that you don’t enjoy so much to one side and prioritise your more favourable tasks. However this habit can hurt you in a work setting, especially if you end up having to complete a task in a rush to meet a deadline, comprising the quality and standard of your work. Make sure you are prioritising your work according to urgency and where possible complete your less favoured tasks first, that way they are off your desk and you can move on!
Not asking for help.
It can be easy to feel that you are making yourself look stupid by asking questions, however quite the opposite is usually true. By not asking questions where you require clarity you can increase the risk of errors and can also make yourself look unengaged and uninterested in the task in hand. Ask questions freely but make sure that they are relevant to the task and make a note of the answer so you only have to ask once!
Being negative in the workplace.
Some of us can fall into the pattern of habitually gossiping or complaining without even realising that we are doing it. This can impact on the whole office and can also be a headache for your manager who will usually be tasked with ensuring their teams are contributing to positive morale. A good approach if you have a complaint is to speak with your manager directly, in private rather than involve the office and remember positivity breeds positivity.
Consistently running late.
If you constantly arrive late to work, or return late from breaks, it can give an impression of complacency and carelessness. It can also be aggravating to staff who do ensure they arrive at their desk in a timely manner as not only are they then putting in more hours than you they may also find themselves picking up calls or even extra work in your absence. Be prompt or even a bit early to show that you are time conscious and that you care about your job and other people’s time.
Thinking that you have all the answers.
No matter how long you’ve been with a company or how well you know your role, the day you’re no longer open to learning is the day you stop moving forward. Growth happens when you change and try new things. Make the effort to continue to learn from those around you and do all you can to embrace new information or ways of doing things.
Basically we all have little annoying habits but as long as you recognise these and work to replace them with positive workplace routines you can prevent them negatively effecting you and even turn them into positives!