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Bad Habits That Could Get You Fired

By Sandy Schroeder

No one is perfect, and one bad habit may not shoot you out the door, but an accumulation of bad habits over time might jeopardize your job, or cost you a promotion, according to Forbes.

Bad habits can be red flags inviting everyone to see what else you might be doing wrong. Don't risk becoming vulnerable. Step back and look at your performance and then check this list for bad habits to avoid.

Putting things off - Procrastination can become a dangerous habit. If you consistently wait until the last minute to come skidding in with your work, you may be encouraging others to do the same, and stressing your boss out. Move all of your deadlines up to help you actually make the designated date, and keep an eye on the overall schedule.

Always being negative - Everybody complains some, but when you make it a habit you become a headache for everyone. If you do have a serious complaint, speak directly with your boss about it. In general, look for the positives in people and projects.

Fabrication - If you deliberately copy something, misrepresent yourself, take advantage of company credit cards or steal the credit for someone else's work, you are inviting trouble. You are making it much harder for everyone to trust you, and the company may not feel you are worth the effort.

Thoughtless body language - If you slouch through meetings, avoid eye contact, roll your eyes or use other negative responses, your actions may speak for you, and be seen as rude or unprofessional. Try to present a positive image wherever you are and actually listen to what others are saying to make real connections.

Always late - If your work lends itself to flexibility and you frequently work extra hours, lateness may be tolerated. On the other hand, if you always arrive late, and take extra time for lunch and breaks, your boss may wonder how much you care about your job. Set your alarm a little earlier and make a point of arriving on time.

Unprofessional communication - Slang, profanity or other forms of questionable calls, emails or notes can create a bad image. It is OK to be casual if your group is, but know where to draw the line. Always assume your boss can hear you.

Too independent - Some people work better on their own, but they still need to know how to interact with their team. Listen to those around you and volunteer to help whenever you can.

Try to be aware of where you stand at work, and correct any issues that need to be fixed. Make sure you are seen as a positive instead of a negative.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Coppell, Tex.

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