As you roll into the new year, you’re most likely compiling a list of rockin’ resolutions: some you’ll conquer, others you’ve already broken. After all, it’s a new year, new you, right? There’s something so exciting about a fresh start. Keeping that in mind, don’t leave any stone unturned.
Sure a summer six pack is all the rave. Taking your love life to the next level wouldn’t hurt either. But what resolutions have you made in your professional life to advance your career? Are you subconsciously sabotaging your job by spending too much time surfing the ‘net, gossiping or constantly interrupting everyone with questions? This may not sound like big deal at first, but these habits are in reality cutting into your productivity.
Take it from us, crossing off one (or more) of these pesky practices will make your work life a million times brighter in 2016. Ahead, we’ve created a list of 10 horrible habits that are undermining your career.
1. ARRIVING TO WORK LATE
Although you may think rolling in a few minutes late every day is innocent, no employer will take you serious when you appear to not care about your position. In the work world, 15 minutes early is on time; on time is late!
The early bird gets the promotion.
2. GOING TO WORK HUNGOVER
If you feel like crap, you’ll perform like crap. Please believe your co-workers can also tell when you hit happy hour too hard the night before. Perception here is everything…
3. STAYING AT A JOB YOU HATE
Beginning to dread the morning commute? It may be a sign you’re ready to find new employment. Learn a new skill. Take a leap of faith and follow your dreams. But never grow resentful or angry in a position you’re clearly not passionate about.
4. TAKING EXTENDED LUNCH HOURS
Co-workers may perceive this behavior as being above the rules. This is a sure fire way to alienate yourself.
5. BEING UNPREPARED
Next time you have a staff meeting come with pen and paper in hand, print-outs, and your thoughts. Most employers would rather you have an opinion, than none at all. So, speak up!
6. ISOLATING YOURSELF
Your employer, co-workers, even HR should know your name. This is a great way to stay in the loop and learn about career opportunities before they hit the job board.
7. SPENDING TOO MUCH TIME ON SOCIAL MEDIA
Staying in the social loop is enticing. We get it. But spending too much time on Facebook and Instagram derails you from really engaging in your work. The same goes for complaining about work on social media. It’s all fun and games, until that funny Instagram post rubs your boss the wrong way.
8. EXPOSING YOUR CO-WORKERS TO THE PLAGUE
Ever heard of sick days? Take them! By coming into work a sneezing, dripping, drowsy mess, you’re putting everyone around you at risk.
9. TEXTING ‘N SEXTING
You know who you are! I can recall a time where I walked up to a co-worker to borrow a pen, only to be blinded by the package picture she received just a minute before. Imagine if it were your manager… or worse, a client.
Sometimes you just need to vent. We get it. But save it for the bus. Consider comments about your co-workers off limits whether it be text, email or direct message.