Whether it’s the colleague who takes all credit or the boss who cannot stop bombarding you with calls during weekends - all of us have co-workers, subordinates, and managers whose habits can get rather annoying. Well, nobody is perfect and just like your co-workers, even you are bound to have some habits that might be affecting the others around you. What’s important is becoming aware of your shortcomings and working towards getting rid of them before they become a cause of concern for those you work with.
Here are 5 commonly seen work habits that you must bid goodbye to:
Not Being on Time
If you always find yourself arriving late to meetings or making your clients wait endlessly – it’s time to make a serious change in your routine.
Punctuality is revered. It reflects your professional attitude and shows that you respect people’s time – which is an important virtue to have in the corporate world. In order to bring about a positive change, you need to learn how to manage your time better. Start your day early, plan well and avoid overbooking yourself. So, make a conscious effort to be on time because no matter how good you are at your work, if you are chronically late, there is no way you can make a good impression.
Lacking Email Etiquette
Email is the most common form of communication in workplaces so be careful about how you draft your emails because they say a lot about your professionalism. Misusing capital letters, sending emails filled with grammatical errors, being overly informal, hitting ‘reply all’ when it is not necessary, using unprofessional font styles and colors, blank subject lines are all examples of poor email etiquette. You cannot expect your recipients to take you seriously if you don’t resort to sending well-drafted, polished emails.
Losing your Temper
We all have those days at work when things go as planned or when we begin to lose patience. Whatever be the case, you cannot afford to lose your temper at the drop of a hat. Stressful days will come and go – you need to learn how to tame your anger before it damages working relationships and kills your reputation. If you find yourself getting angry, take time out and move away from the situation. It helps to calm yourself down before you instantly react. Controlling your temper does not come easy but it can be perfected with patience and practice. So, start today!
Indulging in Gossip
Every office has gossip mongers who do nothing but spread rumors and talk negatively about their co-workers and managers. Gossiping is a toxic habit - not only does it hamper productivity, but it also wastes time and affects morale. Socializing with your colleagues is great but if you ever find yourself in the middle of an army of gossipers, the least you can do is make your way out of that conversation immediately. Refrain from offering any inputs because you never know how that information can be used against you.
You are in the middle of a meeting, but you cannot help but steal a glance at your phone and before you know it, a harmless glance turns into a major distraction. Don’t let your smartphone ruin your career. Keep the phone off-limits and learn to improve your focus and concentration when you’re working. Be strict with yourself and you are sure to see a positive change in your working attitude.