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10 Fatal Mistakes Successful People Never Make At Work

10 Fatal Mistakes Successful People Never Make At Work

Success is a win-win situation, for you, your employer and your workmates. If you are successful at work it means you are sure to gain recognition, get promoted and even help others also achieve their dreams. However we all do have a misconception on what success at work really means. What do you need to do and not do to be a success at work?

1. They don’t gossip

Work should be treated as work. You really don’t have any business sticking your nose into other people’s personal affairs. Doing this doesn’t help you get the attention of others as the most concerned or interesting person to be with. Rather you end up hurting other people’s feelings and you could be made to look negative and spiteful.

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2. They don’t come to work late

According to a study it was discovered that bosses found employees who came to work early as more conscientious and productive than employees who came late to work even when they all worked the same number of hours throughout the day. Successful workers understand the importance of showing up to work early.

3. They don’t multitask

Multitasking is a killer of productivity. To get more out of anything you are doing you need to focus on one task at a time. According to studies, although our brains can juggle a lot of activities at once, you really concentrate on one task at once to get the best results you can get.

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4. They don’t take their mental and physical health for granted

There is a reason why sleep is important for you. It affords you the opportunity to be recharged and get the body mentally charged for the next day’s task. Successful people at work do not take their mental and physical health for granted. They get enough sleep, eat healthy and stay physically fit through regular exercise.

5. They don’t go the long haul

Successful people at work appreciate that they have to take breaks. Taking breaks affords them the opportunity to recharge their batteries and experience less stress or fatigue. During short or long period of vacations they can actually think creatively and work towards becoming better employees.

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6. They don’t steal other people’s credit

Successful people are satisfied with their work. They don’t need to steal other people’s idea to feel validated for the good work they are doing. If they have to take credit for anything they have done, it has to be for the input they have put into a task or a project.

7. They don’t boast about their achievements

Successful people believe more in walking the walk rather than simply talking and creating a noise. Even if they are very resourceful and have accomplished so much during their stay at the company, they display a strong mentality by letting their achievements speak for them.

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8. They don’t tell lies

No employer or workmate likes a liar who constantly back-stab other members of the team. In fact integrity and character is one of the most sought after trait by many employers. Successful workers know these and they endeavor to improve on this admirable quality rather than paint the workplace with lies.

9. They don’t react with a burst of emotions

Successful people at work know how to manage their emotions and keep aggravated situations in check. Rather than reacting to events with fierce actions such as screaming, shoving or throwing things, they control their emotions in such a way that whoever has hurt you will end up looking bad.

10. They don’t take themselves too seriously

For some it is all about work, work, and work. Although this is great, it tends to give people an impression that you are so serious that you may be unapproachable and not friendly. Besides with work comes a lot of stress. Successful people know how to navigate their work territory and make others feel calm when they are present.

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Last Updated on March 29, 2021

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

5 Types of Horrible Bosses and How to Beat Them All

When I left university I took a job immediately, I had been lucky as I had spent a year earning almost nothing as an intern so I was offered a role. On my first day I found that I had not been allocated a desk, there was no one to greet me so I was left for some hours ignored. I happened to snipe about this to another employee at the coffee machine two things happened. The first was that the person I had complained to was my new manager’s wife, and the second was, in his own words, ‘that he would come down on me like a ton of bricks if I crossed him…’

What a great start to a job! I had moved to a new city, and had been at work for less than a morning when I had my first run in with the first style of bad manager. I didn’t stay long enough to find out what Mr Agressive would do next. Bad managers are a major issue. Research from Approved Index shows that more than four in ten employees (42%) state that they have previously quit a job because of a bad manager.

The Dream Type Of Manager

My best manager was a total opposite. A man who had been the head of the UK tax system and was working his retirement running a company I was a very junior and green employee for. I made a stupid mistake, one which cost a lot of time and money and I felt I was going to be sacked without doubt.

I was nervous, beating myself up about what I had done, what would happen. At the end of the day I was called to his office, he had made me wait and I had spent that day talking to other employees, trying to understand where I had gone wrong. It had been a simple mistyped line of code which sent a massive print job out totally wrong. I learn how I should have done it and I fretted.

My boss asked me to step into his office, he asked me to sit down. “Do you know what you did?” I babbled, yes, I had been stupid, I had not double-checked or asked for advice when I was doing something I had not really understood. It was totally my fault. He paused. “Will you do that again?” Of course I told him I would not, I would always double check, ask for help and not try to be so clever when I was not!

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“Okay…”

That was it. I paused and asked, should I clear my desk. He smiled. “You have learnt a valuable lesson, I can be sure that you will never make a mistake like that again. Why would I want to get rid of an employee who knows that?”

I stayed with that company for many years, the way I was treated was a real object lesson in good management. Sadly, far too many poor managers exist out there.

The Complete Catalogue of Bad Managers

The Bully

My first boss fitted into the classic bully class. This is so often the ‘old school’ management by power style. I encountered this style again in the retail sector where one manager felt the only way to get the best from staff was to bawl and yell.

However, like so many bullies you will often find that this can be someone who either knows no better or is under stress and they are themselves running scared of the situation they have found themselves in.

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The Invisible Boss

This can either present itself as management from afar (usually the golf course or ‘important meetings) or just a boss who is too busy being important to deal with their staff.

It can feel refreshing as you will often have almost total freedom with your manager taking little or no interest in your activities, however you will soon find that you also lack the support that a good manager will provide. Without direction you may feel you are doing well just to find that you are not delivering against expectations you were not told about and suddenly it is all your fault.

The Micro Manager

The frustration of having a manager who feels the need to be involved in everything you do. The polar opposite to the Invisible Boss you will feel that there is no trust in your work as they will want to meddle in everything you do.

Dealing with the micro-manager can be difficult. Often their management style comes from their own insecurity. You can try confronting them, tell them that you can do your job however in many cases this will not succeed and can in fact make things worse.

The Over Promoted Boss

The Over promoted boss categorises someone who has no idea. They have found themselves in a management position through service, family or some corporate mystery. They are people who are not only highly unqualified to be managers they will generally be unable to do even your job.

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You can find yourself persistently frustrated by the situation you are in, however it can seem impossible to get out without handing over your resignation.

The Credit Stealer

The credit stealer is the boss who will never publically acknowledge the work you do. You will put in the extra hours working on a project and you know that, in the ‘big meeting’ it will be your credit stealing boss who will take all of the credit!

Again it is demoralising, you see all of the credit for your labour being stolen and this can often lead to good employees looking for new careers.

3 Essential Ways to Work (Cope) with Bad Managers

Whatever type of bad boss you have there are certain things that you can do to ensure that you get the recognition and protection you require to not only remain sane but to also build your career.

1. Keep evidence

Whether it is incidents with the bully or examples of projects you have completed with the credit stealer you will always be well served to keep notes and supporting evidence for projects you are working on.

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Buy your own notebook and ensure that you are always making notes, it becomes a habit and a very useful one as you have a constant reminder as well as somewhere to explore ideas.

Importantly, if you do have to go to HR or stand-up for yourself you will have clear records! Also, don’t always trust that corporate servers or emails will always be available or not tampered with. Keep your own content.

2. Hold regular meetings

Ensure that you make time for regular meetings with your boss. This is especially useful for the over-promoted or the invisible boss to allow you to ‘manage upwards’. Take charge where you can to set your objectives and use these meetings to set clear objectives and document the status of your work.

3. Stand your ground, but be ready to jump…

Remember that you don’t have to put up with poor management. If you have issues you should face them with your boss, maybe they do not know that they are coming across in a bad way.

However, be ready to recognise if the situation is not going to change. If that is the case, keep your head down and get working on polishing your CV! If it isn’t working, there will be something better out there for you!

Good luck!

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