Top 10 bad habits at work – you might be guilty of some of these and not even realize it!

bad habits at workA habit is something you do subconsciously without even realizing you’re doing it. There are habits we do at home, at work, and some that we do regardless of where we are. And just like with anything else, some habits are good and some are bad. While some bad habits really don’t have much of a negative effect on us, there are other bad habits that are important to identify and try to correct. The Halogen Software blog identified 10 common bad habits in the workplace...these are habits that a lot of people exhibit, but don’t even realize it. Check out a summary of their list below …

  1. Isolating yourself. While the main reason for being at work is obviously to work, it’s also important to get to know your coworkers and have good relationships with your colleagues. 
  2. Avoiding work. Some people have a tendency to avoid taking on new projects that are out of their “comfort zone”. By doing this, you might miss the opportunity to learn something new. 
  3. Resisting change. Many people just aren’t comfortable with change… it’s OK to be slightly uncomfortable with it, but it’s not good to resist it. In the business world, it’s important to embrace new ideas because they keep companies moving forward.
  4. Being negative. Negativity is contagious and can quickly become second nature and be reflected in everything that you do at work. Try to focus on the positive things!
  5. Gossiping. Humans by nature are curious creatures. Do your best to make sure not to overstep the fine line of being inquisitive and gossiping.
  6. Procrastinating, then rushing. Some people really DO do better under pressure, but if you’re not one of those people, putting something off and then rushing to get it done before deadline can effect the quality of your work.
  7. Being disorganized. It’s usually pretty difficult to be fully productive in a messy workspace.  You’ll save yourself a lot of time and frustration if things are organized and easy to find.
  8. Not sharing experience. It’s good to get in the habit of showing others how to do something, instead of just doing it yourself and considering it done. Sharing knowledge is an important part of creating a group synergy and allows you to work more effectively as a whole.
  9. Sharing TOO many experiences. Try not to share too many stories about your personal life, especially when they aren’t relevant or you aren’t asked. Try to leave most of your personal stuff at home…learn to separate work life and home life.
  10. Taking things to personally. Sometimes we have a habit of misconstruing feedback as a personal attack on us. Try to remember that criticism is usually constructive and meant to help us, not  insult or demean us.

Click here to read more about each of these bad work habits and how to correct them.

Do YOU have any of these habits? Comment below. Be honest! :)

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