April 13th, 2017

A Dozen Ways You Don’t Realize You Are Making a Bad Impression at Work

by Jacqueline Whitmore

Everyone has a few habits they could improve but you may not even recognize that you have some of these habits. When your bad habits interfere with the work environment it becomes detrimental to the company’s common goals. That leads to bad relationships with coworkers and clients.

Here are 12 ways you could be sabotaging your success by making a bad impression at work.

1. Always being late.

Do you find yourself always rushing into work or meetings 10 or 15 minutes late? Rather than make excuses, give yourself an extra half hour each day to offset possible obstacles including traffic, scarce parking or last-minute phone calls and emails. Perennial lateness causes undue stress for yourself and shows a lack of respect for others. If you know you will be late, let others know ahead of time.

2. Being disorganized.

Piles of files, hundreds of emails and messy stacks of paper in every corner of your office undermine an impression of competence. If you aren’t in control of your surroundings, how can you be trusted with heavy responsibilities? Don’t try to thrive in “organized” chaos. Lighten your load by tackling a little bit of clutter each week. If you can’t find time to clean up the clutter, hire a professional organizer.

3. Grooming at your desk.

Clipping or cleaning your nails, combing your hair, spraying hairspray or cologne or picking your teeth at your desk is a definite no-no. Do this at home, or at the very least, in the privacy of the restroom or behind the closed door of your office.
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