11 Office Habits You Must Change in 2016
Almost as if it were auspicious, we think about starting over and reinventing ourselves in the New Year. What better way to do that than to draw out a list of New Year’s Resolutions?
But while you’re trying to eat better, exercise more and work harder, here’s a list of 11 office habits that you could look to change this year.
Changing the way you behave and function at work can go a long way in shaping up your career. Good workplace habits can get your bosses and co-workers to look at you more positively. So, let’s start 2016 by closing the door on some of these pesky workplace habits that are all too familiar.
1. Reaching late every morning:
Every office has its own ‘late’ person- the one who never fails to reach the last. If you’re running late consistently, you’re being labelled as that person. Get into bed earlier at night or do whatever else it takes, but don’t always be the last one to arrive!
2. Being the last one to leave:
Only because you came into work late, you don’t have to stay at work late into the night because you feel guilty. Unless you have some pressing work that holds you back, it’s also a good idea to leave work at a reasonable time.
3. Never speaking up in meetings:
While it isn’t ideal to impose your opinions on people or to voice the same incessantly, it is certainly not desirable for you to keep quiet at all times, especially in meetings. Make sure to have a worthwhile point or two that you’d like to get across. You’ll be noticed positively for the same.
4. Eating lunch at your desk:
Lunchtime is meant for you to take some time off and share some mirth with your colleagues. Don’t appear rude or anti-social by being seated at your desk even at lunchtime.
5. Not interacting with your co-workers:
Don’t walk past your co-workers. Do stop by to stay hello and check in on them every now and then.
6. Gossiping about your co-workers:
Needless to say, gossiping about people at work can be detrimental. It’s best to abstain from such practices.
7. Spending too much time on social media:
If your screen glints of Facebook and Twitter every time someone walks past your desk, you can be assured that they don’t have the best opinion on your work ethic. Social media activities are best reserved for down time.
8. Procrastinating the hard tasks:
On a typical day at work, there’s a relatively long to-do list waiting before each one of us. Don’t take the easy way out by leaving the longer and more difficult tasks for the last. Taking care of the tough and tedious tasks first will allow you to manage your time more effectively.
9. Walking in when sick:
Sick leave has been designed for precisely that purpose—for when you’re sick. Not only will you find it difficult to work efficiently when you’re unwell, you will also putting at risk those who share the office space with you.
10. Staying away from HR:
The HR of the company can seem like the stern disciplinarian you’d like to avoid. But doing that can work against you. HR should know who you are. Interacting with HR regularly will allow you to stay acquainted with the growth opportunities at the company.
11. Staying on at a job you hate:
Does Sunday evening loom with the dread of the impending Monday? It’s time for you to change your job and get one that matches both your skills and preferences.
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