5 Negative Habits that Don't Work at Work
By Sandy Schroeder
I have seen some very talented people arrive in jobs, then quickly leave because they did not advance. Sometimes their negative behaviors got in the way.
Business Insider takes a look at five negative behaviors that can interfere with advancement. See what you think.
Automatically expecting to be rewarded - When we work hard we usually do expect others to notice and respond, but when that expectation becomes too confident the situation becomes more difficult. Being gracious and appreciative for what you have on the job usually works a lot better than implying you are entitled to be rewarded for what you are doing. The most successful people that I have known were often the most humble. They put everything they had into their job and were rewarded as a matter of course.
Playing the gossip game - If you want to talk about someone, refer to positives about projects they have completed, or skills that they use. Duck all of the people who love to gossip when you see them coming. Beyond being a waste of time it can be very divisive. Leaders will often say one of the most corrosive situations in the workplace comes from toxic people who spend more time gossiping than working.
Never stepping up - If you consistently lag in what is asked of you, your employer may have second thoughts about why you were hired. When new tasks come up, make the effort to try them and find out what it takes to do them. If you are already really busy, at least try to include some new requests. Take the initiative to find ways to step up. The people who move on to become leaders usually find a way to say yes.
Always doing the bare minimum - No one should have to constantly work long hours, but once in a while everybody should be able to make the effort to pull off a new project or make a key deadline. When you really enjoy a job and get involved, extra hours or extra efforts are often automatic. If you don’t feel that spark, you may be in the wrong spot.
Pointing the finger at someone else - We all know people who never step up and take responsibility for what has happened. If you have made a mistake, others will appreciate it when you say so. They will also appreciate it if you make the effort to fix it and move ahead.
All of these negative habits can be flipped around and turned into positives with a little effort.
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