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8 Daily Habits That Make You Look Dreadfully Unprofessional At Work

8 Daily Habits That Make You Look Dreadfully Unprofessional At Work

Bad habits at work are not a rare thing. We may see them every day in our colleagues or we ourselves may have them without even noticing it. I myself am quite a pessimist in life. I often complain about everything around not even thinking that it may be annoying for other people. At my last job I was lucky enough to have a colleague who pointed out this flaw of mine in a very polite manner. I started noticing it and working on it and now I believe I do much better and don’t annoy my colleagues that often. If you notice yourself in any of the following points, it is good time for you to work on it. If not, you probably look very professional at work and I congratulate you!

Complaining

There are always people in every office who constantly complain. They can magically find something to complain about even in the most perfect conditions. The boss is terrible, work conditions are unbearable, it is too hot in the room, it is too cold in the room, our lunch breaks are too short, my tasks are too big, this bird outside disturbs me, the water in the cooler tastes funny, this fly won’t let me work, etc. Surely, sometimes we need to share our complaints to feel better, but we should know our limits not to become annoying.

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Excessive flirting

Complimenting your colleague’s new hair, dress or watch is fine. A reasonable amount of flirting is possible at work, but knowing the boundaries is a must. If you flirt with anyone, especially with the aim of career advancement, you will look very unprofessional to everyone in the office. Those people who get promotions not because of their good work, but because they flirt with their boss, are usually not very much adored by their colleagues.

Putting off work all the time

Do you have colleagues at work who always call you to drink a cup of coffee, to smoke with them, to chat, to take a bite, to go for a walk, etc.? There are some people who cannot but put off all the tasks they have just to do nothing. Constant procrastination at work, especially if it involves other people, can make you look highly unprofessional.

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Trying to please everyone

Your manager wants one thing, the boss wants the other thing, the designer wants the third thing and the marketer says the fifth thing. If you are a true professional, you will decide what is best in this situation and do that. Trying to please everyone and create something that will be not so good, but suitable for all of those people is not the best choice for a professional.

Being late

Being late for a date is fine; being late for a friends’ meeting is also acceptable; being late for a movie is also your call. However, always being late for work is unprofessional and simply rude. Those workers who always come late may be not so popular among their managers because if you cannot come to work in time, how can they be sure that you’ll finish the tasks in time?

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Pulling too many jokes

Probably, every office has some people who cannot but joke all the time. Some at least limit themselves to only anecdotes and verbal humor while others can go hardcore and even play tricks on their colleagues. Humor is surely very important in our life and a good joke now and then can be great for a positive work environment, but becoming an office clown doesn’t seem very respectable.

Dressing inappropriately

Modern companies, bosses and managers allow more casual dress code these days. However, it doesn’t mean that you should wear something that looks like pajamas to work. It is also not a secret that women who dress too revealing to work, raise many doubts in terms of their professionalism. I’m not saying that you should wear suits to work every day, but try to look not to eccentric.

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Causing conflicts

Some people cannot live without quarrels. They get energy and satisfaction from fighting with other people. Some do it calmly, bringing other people down with mean words; some like to scream and throw things. In any case, this is not an appropriate behavior for work.

Featured photo credit: Businessman/vlczak11 via flickr.com

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Last Updated on September 20, 2018

How to Be Happy at Work and Find Fulfillment in Your Career

How to Be Happy at Work and Find Fulfillment in Your Career

If you’re going to spend 1/3 of our life at work, you should enjoy it, right?

Trust me, I know that’s easier said than done. Difficult coworkers, less-than-desirable tasks, or even just being in the wrong position can all lead to a lack of enjoyment and fulfillment in your work.

But what if I told you it doesn’t have to be this way? Or better yet, if you struggle with all of the above (and then some), what if I told you that enjoying your work and finding fulfillment regardless of those obstacles is possible?

Don’t believe me? I don’t blame you because I was there too. Before implementing the tips below, I struggled to get through each day, much less find real fulfillment, in the office. Now, even after the toughest days on the job, I still come away with feelings of pride, accomplishment, and fulfillment. The best news is, so can you.

If you’re ready to make those hours count and find happiness and fulfillment in the office, then read on to find out how to be happy at work and find fulfillment in your career:

1. Discover the root(s) of the problem

For this first step, we’ll need to think back to 8th-grade physics (humor me). We all know Newton’s 3rd law, “for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.” When you think about it, the same can be said outside of physics, and we see this law play out in our daily lives, day after day.

Simply put, all the issues we deal with in the office (and life in general) affect us in a noticeable way.

If you’re appreciated at work, like the work you do and receive frequent praise, promotions, or raises, then this will probably have an altogether positive effect on your life in the office.

But what if we reverse this? What if you feel under appreciated, get passed up for promotions, or get denied raises? This is sure to affect the way you feel at work on a negative level.

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So, before you can implement the steps of feeling happy and fulfilled at work, we first have to discover the reasons why you don’t feel that way already.

Think about it, write a list, or make a mental note. Run through all the reasons you’re dissatisfied in the office, and don’t hold back. Knowing the exact obstacles you’re facing will make overcoming them that much easier.

In fact, as a side-challenge to this article, I recommend picking the top three reasons contributing to your dissatisfaction at work and using the following tips to tackle them.

2. Practice gratitude for an instant uplift

Did you know the simple act of feeling grateful can increase your happiness and make you more fulfilled at work?[1]

Well, it’s true, and it’s scientifically proven.

Dr. Lisa Firestone notes that practicing gratitude “reminds us of what we lacked in the past.” Meaning, it serves as both a boost to happiness and a bit of a wake-up call that things have been or could be, much worse.

Trying to conjure up feelings of gratitude can seem almost impossible when your work situation seems bleak, but hear me out: There are incredibly easy ways to get started and it doesn’t involve trying to “force” yourself to feel grateful about things that stress you out.

For an instant pick-me-up, try this:

Find a loose piece of paper, a blank sticky note, or anything you can write on, be it physical or digital. List just three things that you are absolutely without-a-doubt thankful for in your life.

Now here’s the trick: Don’t just list what you’re grateful for, you have to list why you’re grateful for them, too.

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For example, simply saying “I’m grateful for my kids” will probably make you feel good, sure, but what if we could amplify the warm, fuzzy feeling into real, lasting motivation?

Instead, write the reason you’re so thankful for your children. Is it because they make you laugh and forget about other stressors? Or maybe they help to remind you of why you go to work every day in the first place?

Whatever your reasons may be, jot them down and keep your list somewhere you can see it while you work. A quick glance at your gratitude list throughout the day can provide powerful, positive motivation to keep going.

Bonus:

If you can find just three things to be thankful for that specifically relate to your job, and list why those things make you grateful, your list can also help you find fulfillment in your work itself which can give you an even bigger boost of positivity throughout the day.

3. Take meaningful time for yourself

We all know creating a strong work-life balance can be crucial to feeling satisfied in our jobs, but rarely do we ever address how we’re spending our time outside of work.

Many of us survive a 9-hour work day and commute home only to find ourselves busy with our personal to-do lists, running a household, and taking care of a child (or 2 or 3, and so on).

If you spend all your time working, whether in the office or within your household, you’re going to feel drained at some point. This is why setting meaningful time for yourself every day is highly important.

Look, I get it: I don’t know anyone in the working world who can shun all responsibility for a 3-movie marathon or happy hour with friends whenever they feel like it. But finding time for yourself, be it just 30 minutes to an hour, can really make a difference in how you feel at work.

This works because you’ll have time to actually relax and let the day’s stress melt away while you enjoy something just for you. The to-do lists and stressors will still be there after you’re refreshed and ready to tackle them.

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No time for me-time? Try this:

If you have a busy household, you’ll need to capitalize on a block of time you know will be completely uninterrupted. The easiest way to do this: try waking up 30 minutes to an hour earlier than usual (or push bedtime back an hour if you’re a night owl, like me) and take time to do something you enjoy.

This could be reading with a cup of tea, catching up on Facebook, spending time on a passion project—anything! As long as it’s meaningful to you, it works!

Bonus:

Starting your day with meaningful time for yourself can set you up to have a positive mood that lasts well into office hours, and having your me-time in the evening can give you something positive to look forward to during the day.

4. Get productive and feel accomplished

Don’t you just love the feeling of checking the last item off of a hefty to-do list? That’s because self-motivation can be a huge driver of positivity and success.

When we accomplish something, no matter how small, it makes us feel good, plain and simple. Applying this tactic to your daily work can be the motivator you need to find fulfillment during the daily office grind.

While there are tons of steps to get more done at work, I’ll share my personal favorite: Prioritizing.

Now, many people handle prioritizing differently. Some like to tackle the little tasks first so they can spend focused time on the big to-dos. Others like to knock out the big items first and get to the smaller ones when they can.

No matter which camp you’re in, you may be missing one crucial step: Time management.

So how’s this work? When you factor in the amount of time your priorities will take, it can transform your productivity ten-fold.

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Say you have three top priorities for the day. You might jump into the smaller ones or the bigger ones depending on your preferred method, and then find yourself out of time and bringing work home with you at the end of the day.

This is prevented when you factor in time. Knowing how long each item will take, or deliberately setting specific blocks of time for your priorities can help you accomplish more in the same 8-9 (or 12) hours that you typically spend at work.

Try this:

Take a look at your priorities and consider how long they should take. Pop into your Google calendar (or Filofax, whatever works for you) and schedule time to work on your priority items around any important meetings or events of the day.

The most important thing to remember is to stick to your dedicated time.

Often, when we know exactly how long we have to work on something (and honor this time limit), we’re motivated to get more done on time to avoid taking work home at the end of the day.

The bottom line

There’s no need to waste 1/3 of our lives feeling unsatisfied at work. Luckily, you now have the tools to get started, take back your time, and become happy and fulfilled at work again.

The only question is — which tip will you try first?

Featured photo credit: Ellyot via unsplash.com

Reference

[1]Psychology Today: The Healing Power of Gratitude

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