(October 2016) I hope your semester is progressing nicely as you make great strides in and out of the classroom. This month, I would like to talk about some habits you would be wise to avoid so as to not become “that person” around the office. An article I read recently lists nine habits that could earn you a bad reputation around the office.
While there are many other bad habits that can set you back in the workplace, these nine cover many of the problem areas.
It can be easy to just come into work every day, punch the clock and leave, which can lead to the bad habit of doing the bare minimum. An office environment is collaborative and requires all members of the team to pull their own weight. If co-workers see you barely doing any work and leaving them to pick up the slack, it won’t be long before you find yourself making enemies. If your work becomes too much to handle, ask someone for help before it leads to you earning a bad reputation.
Many people are quick to take credit for an idea that paid off, but far fewer will readily hold themselves accountable when things don’t go well in the office. If you’re unwilling to take credit for your missteps, it could lead to another bad habit: finger-pointing. This solves nothing while overlooking or delaying the positive approach of problem solving to avoid the same mistake in the future.
The last bad habit I would like to touch on is engaging in workplace gossip. Let me encourage you to focus your time and energy on more productive things. The article quotes Eleanor Roosevelt, who perhaps had the best take on this topic. She said, “Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.”