3 bad habits that can ruin your career

3 bad habits that can ruin your career
You are basically a pretty good employee. You show up to work every day and work as hard as you can at the task in hand. In fact, you worked hard to get this job, but something isn’t quite right about you…

You might be a decent employee, but do you take the little stuff seriously enough? It’s the little things that can build up and damage both your reputation and your productivity at work, sometimes without you realising it. To keep that job and progress, it’s time to pay more attention to the little things and show that you are serious about your job by stamping out these 3 bad habits:

1. being late

You may not be able to instantly enhance your reputation by improving your skills on the job, but what you can do almost instantly is ensure you are always on time. 

It may seem tough, but it isn’t impossible. Being on time is all about preparation. Get into a morning routine that gives you plenty of time to get ready and organised. Prepare and iron your clothes, pack your lunch and organise anything else that usually holds you up in the mornings the night before – so you are ready to go as soon as your alarm sounds. 

2. complaining  

A bad reputation can often be fueled by too much complaining. Always complaining about your workplace can have an extremely negative effect on your colleagues and bosses, as well as your productivity. Don’t be the one to point out the flaws, try to be the one who points out the positives.  

People who complain a lot can get a reputation as someone who talks about their work all the time, but never actually gets anything done. This doesn’t look good from an employer stand point, and could put you out of the running for a promotion if it persists.

3. forgetting the team

There will be times during your career when you will need to work alone, but for most of your work life you will be working with other people or even in a team environment, so it’s important that you know how to work and collaborate with others. 

If you are one of those people who believe they do not need any help or support then you really need to re-assess your approach. Refusing to work with others will significantly damage your reputation with employers and could cause them to believe that you cannot work with other people, and therefore could never manage a team at a higher level.
You spent all of that time working up your CV, applying for jobs, presenting yourself well in an interview and training to do a new job – don’t lose it all because of a few bad habits. Take responsibility for your actions and you will become a force to be reckoned with. 

This article first appeared in Randstad USA’s career resources

Posted: Friday, 12 May 2017 - 12:00 PM