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Are Your Habits Making You Look Unprofessional?


Are Your Habits Making You Look Unprofessional?

Do you sometimes feel that your boss or co-workers secretly hate you? Although you may think that you can’t please everybody and that there will always be someone who won’t like you, it doesn’t change the fact that the reason could be you. You may not be aware of it, but it’s possible that you’ve got habits in the workplace that make you look immature and unprofessional.

Here’s what you might be doing that’s making you look not so desirable to work with:

Always coming to work late

Punctuality is a very important trait of a mature and professional individual. By being on time at work, you show respect for the organisation, your boss, and even your co-workers.

Calling in sick every now and then

Yes, we all get sick sometimes, but calling in sick every few weeks does not seem realistic. You will never be considered for a promotion if your boss knows that you will be calling in sick even when you aren’t.

Being a pessimist

When you repeatedly express negative thinking and behaviour at work, you will easily be considered as being uncooperative. Nobody likes being with someone who is known to be a whiner as well. Avoid complaining about everything every single time because this will just make people avoid your company.

Getting easily distracted during meetings

It’s very hard to concentrate fully on two things at the same time. That’s why during meetings, you’re not supposed to do anything but to pay attention to the meeting only. When you keep texting, sending emails, surfing the internet, you’re certainly going to be distracted.

Interrupting other people

Interrupting another person is very rude, and it shows lack of patience and respect for the person who’s talking. Although employees are encouraged to actively participate in meetings, you need to know what good timing is and what is not.

Being a know-it-all

One of the things people could hate about you is your being a know-it-all. When you interrupt someone for the purpose of correcting, outdoing, or proving that the person is wrong, you will surely attract negative attention in the workplace.

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There is nothing wrong with being proud of your achievements or the good things that are happening to you, but you have to know the difference between being proud and bragging. There’s no need to keep talking about your accomplishment because saying it once is enough.

Poor hygiene

If you want your co-workers to take you seriously and treat you professionally, you have to look the part. That means you have to do a better job of looking professional and respectable. Remember that your physical appearance can indicate the kind of attitude you have. Keeping a good hygiene is without a doubt a sign of your own personal growth.

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