6 Mistakes that Could Cost You Your Job
By Sandy Schroeder
Sometimes things just get out of hand. That innocent email, quick post on social media, or sharing of an opinion may actually cost you your job if it goes awry.
Dr. Travis Bradberry, co-founder of TalentSmart, an agency that serves 75 percent of the Fortune 500 companies, is right on target when he warns us of what can happen when we are not thinking.
Technology Gone Awry
In an age of nonstop communication, a lot of words stream out there, and some can come back to bite us if we are not careful. Bradberry says your employer may be tracking your every keystroke without letting you know. Think about what you do on the job online, and make sure it won’t cost you your job.
Forgetting to Play Nicely with Others
Work can be a wonderfully comforting spot when your co-workers form a support team and help you through the tough spots. On the other hand, it can be very rough when someone forgets to play nicely and gossips, conspires to undermine, or ... the list goes on and on. If you are wise, you will stay way away from the negative interactions. When you see that troublemaker headed your way, run!
Borrowing A Few Things
When we spend so much time at work, it can be too easy to let the boundaries blur and feel that it is much like home. When those habits take over, I have watched people use shipping resources to fire off personal items, head home with a pocketful of supplies, or use computer time to accomplish all sorts of personal tasks.
Speaking Up When You Should Not
Personal opinions and the company voice should never become entangled. It can be too easy, if you are not thinking, to identify yourself as a company employee, and then offer your own personal opinion. Disaster may quickly follow.
Promising Everything and Coming Up Short
Sometimes it is great to be thought of as a tremendous resource. You may encourage that to enhance your reputation, but when that “halo” grows too large you may run into trouble as you deliver normal work. Better to astonish someone with your prowess than have them raise an eyebrow when they see your actual work.
Surging Out There
Not thinking may be the biggest risk of all. When you are rushing along, having a great day and forgetting to keep your thinking hat on, it is all too easy to trip and fall, injuring yourself or your company. Always remember, you are working, not putt-putting around at home, and actions have consequences everywhere.
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