Settling into your job is a great thing – you feel more comfortable, you understand your role, and your colleagues slowly become your friends. However, there are some habits that we can fall into the trap of developing when we get too comfortable at work.
Though some may seem harmless, repeated behaviour can lead to you getting a reputation that’s less than favourable, and in some cases could result in you losing your job.
In this article, Enrol looks at five work habits you need to identify and get rid of, quick!
We understand that not every workplace asks you to dress formally, but it’s a telling sign of unprofessionalism when an employee continuously turns up in sweatpants, ripped jeans, and other wholly inappropriate items of clothing.
Dressing professionally is important, regardless of your personal level of interaction with clients and superior members of staff. You may spend most of your time hidden away in a back office, but your clothing choices will be noticed by peers and superiors alike.
The old adage ‘dress to impress’ doesn’t necessarily mean you need to rock up in a three piece suit for your IT technician job, but it does mean you should make an effort to be well groomed, clean, and appropriately dressed. This shows the people you work with that you still have respect for yourself, as well as your surroundings.
Going in sick
This is a tricky one to navigate, because as a rule most bosses frown upon employees taking sick days (especially if there’s a lot of work to be completed).
However, if you know for a fact that going into work is going to either infect your colleagues or result in a wholly unproductive day, it’s best to stay at home. In this situation, you should observe the formal sick day procedure that’ll be outlined in your employee handbook.
It’s important to familiarise yourself with internal procedures like this when you start a new job. Some companies ask for a phone call at least two hours before you’re due to start work, and others may require an email to your department manager as soon as symptoms start to show.
Whichever way you let them know, make sure to be honest – no faking ‘sick voices’ and coughs – and to explain as calmly as possible that you won’t be coming in to work.
Offer to work from home (only if you’re up to it), and always end the call in a helpful tone by asking if there’s anything they’d like you to do. Most bosses are sympathetic if you’re honest, and will encourage you to get some rest and feel better soon – the quicker you’re back at work, the better!
Ignoring your role as a team member
There’s nothing worse than an employee who constantly comes out with, ‘that’s not my job’ when asked to do something. If you work within a team, it’s important to show up for the other members, even if it means working a little harder than you want to sometimes.
On a completely selfish level, it’s important to show up as a team member to ensure you’re able to progress in the workplace. Your attitude to helping others is something that is immediately noticeable by peers and superiors alike – don’t hurt your chances of promotion or progression by appearing lazy and unwilling to work as part of a team.
Sick of the sound of your own voice? Well, newsflash – everyone else is, too.
Not everyone can be the voice of positivity, but there’s little comfort in being known as ‘the one that’s always moaning about something or other’. Plus, complaining loudly about clients, colleagues, and even office supplies can land you in hot water if the aforementioned subject of conversation is standing around listening.
Keep your professional image intact and try your best not to gossip or complain in the office, at the very least. Say what needs to be said, and complain in your own time.
If there’s anything that makes bosses mad, it’s their employees being late. Unexplained lateness in particular is a sure-fire way to find yourself being pulled into the boardroom for the third time in a month for a good talking to.
It’s really not that difficult to make sure you’re at work fifteen minutes before office hours open… do some research and find out the best routes to work via public transport, or road, if you drive.
You’ll start the day feeling less rushed, which will result in more productivity and a better attitude to your work.
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