9 terrible work habits that are keeping you from a promotion

“Bad habits are like infection. Inflammation starts from the mouth and weaken the body’s ability.” ― Kishore Bansal

We can all acknowledge that each of us have our own bad work habits that we can improve on. Unfortunately, some of these poor habits can ruin our reputation or even lose us potential jobs. Pay attention to see which bad work habits might be keeping you from your next promotion:


9 bad work habits that are keeping you from a promotion


1. Showing up late consistently

Although every office and culture defines punctuality a little differently, in general, it’s a good rule to not keep people waiting for you. Showing up late undermines your professionalism, makes you look sloppy and is disrespectful to your colleagues or whoever you’re meeting with.


2. A negative attitude

Bad attitudes and negativity are toxic. Don’t be that person who brings everyone down. If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say anything at all. A toxic individual whose attitude negatively affects the office and productivity will be the first to get cut from the team.


3. Bad judgment

Forwarding inappropriate emails to your boss or making unprofessional comments about someone in the company to your colleagues are just a couple of ways your bad judgment could get you into trouble. Err on the side of caution and professionalism at work – even if your office is pretty casual. Make smart, conservative decisions when it comes to your behavior while doing your job and talking to colleagues.


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4. Procrastinating

Managing your time wisely is vital to having a successful career. Someone who waits until the last minute to get their work done is at risk of sending in shoddy work and might even miss their deadline. Whenever you’re assigned a big project and deadline, plan out the work schedule ahead of time and stick to it.


5. Lack of focus

If you’re spending all day on social media or talking to your friends, your hardworking colleagues will notice. If everyone is receiving the same pay, everyone should be putting in the same amount of work hours. Stay focused on your work and don’t let distractions like Facebook keep you from having a successful career.


6. Inadequate communication and correspondence

It’s important to use correct grammar and be polite in any written correspondence. Email communication is vital to a successful work environment, so it’s important to be able to appropriately respond to colleagues and bosses. Also, maintaining positive and professional verbal communication with coworkers is similarly important. Make sure to avoid swearing or using overly colloquial vernacular.


7. Refusing to work in a team

Although independence can be a very positive quality in an employee, workers that are unable to work with others can be a huge problem. It’s important to be cooperative and communicative at your job and willing to work with others to make the entire team stronger. Be independent, but always willing to cooperate.


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8. Being explosive

Everyone has had a horrible day at work. It’s OK to sometimes hate your job – you just can’t be open about it at work. When you’re feeling overly stressed, annoyed or frustrated, take ten minutes and leave to cool off. Get out that pent up frustration on your own time, instead of making your colleagues uncomfortable.


9. Not meeting deadlines

Deadlines help everyone get on the same page in terms of meeting goals and moving projects forward. If you miss your deadline, you are letting down your team. Consistently missing deadlines is bad habit to get into and could potentially cost you a promotion.


Apply now to improve these bad workplace habits and boost your career!


Sources: http://www.goodreads.com/quotes/tag/bad-habits, https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/252276, http://www.forbes.com/sites/jacquelynsmith/2012/10/17/14-bad-habits-that-can-cost-you-your-job/#7e29bb6b711e

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Elizabeth Trovall

After short stints in Argentina and Belize, Elizabeth is finishing up her fourth year in Santiago, Chile. Elizabeth writes about international internships, life abroad and professional development for The Intern Group. She also reports on politics, business and culture in Latin America for public radio and print media. An Austin, Texas native, Elizabeth first left home to earn her journalism degree from the Reynolds Institute of Journalism at the University of Missouri. Besides her friends and family, she misses live music and Mexican food the most.
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