15 Common Bad Habits That Can Cost You Your Job

    Common Bad habits

    There are some common bad habits which we find in every individual. Perhaps you gossip, procrastinate, or lack punctuality. This negative behavior of yours doesn’t necessarily make you a terrible person – but as a professional person they can mirror poorly upon you, and can even cost your job.

    One bad habit is not likely to get you fired immediately, but the collection of these bad habits can affect you over the time. People might notice your one bad habit and it prepares them to notice other faults or problems. Also, a bad habit can lead to isolation, ignorance in the office, which can affect everything from your performance evaluation to your ability to do your job.

    One of the most unfortunate parts is that people hardly realize these habits which can damage their career in future.

    In this section, you’ll see some of the best pieces of advice to give to someone who asks for your help to advance or grow in their company, to become more self-aware, and assure that they are practicing those habits that will be of value to the company.

    Have a look at these 15 bad habits at work.

    1. Procrastination 

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    Procrastination is postponing or delaying your work habitually or intentionally.

    This habit can seriously hurt you in your working atmosphere! If you’re the one who believes that your best work comes out in the last minute and you put off your projects or assignments until the day (or hour) before they’re due, you may not be aware of the image your habit is having on your co-workers. If your this habit requires your co-workers forcing to work quickly, then you may likely anger them, and you’ll be the first person who will be blamed when a project fails or isn’t completed within the deadline.

    2. Lying


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    Do you have a habit of misrepresenting your credentials or intentionally plagiarizing, or presenting them in a false manner? Lying has become your habit on time sheets or billable hours, misusing expense accounts or abusing company credit cards, stealing the credit for a co-workers’ achievements, or otherwise cheating your employers blindly can cost your job. And it can be any sector whether it is in business or banking, academia or the army, publishing or philanthropy, housing or healthcare, the marketplace or the ministry.

    3. Negativity

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    Many people have a habit of gossiping like a chatterbox, complaining, or doing criticism. But doing these things too often can put your job on the line. This might lead to the same end result: you can become a person who is like a headache for your manager. In this case, you can directly speak with your manager in private. And remember! Never ask for gathering from your co-workers for support first.

    4. Lateness

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    If it has become your habit to arrive late at your respective work or return late from breaks, then it shows an attitude of complacency ( a feeling of contented self-satisfaction, especially when you not aware of upcoming trouble), and carelessness. Some experts say that it doesn’t matter whether you’re intentionally arriving late or not, but it shows disrespect to the social contract of the office place, as well as your co-workers who try to reach office within or on time.

    5. Poor e-mail communication

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    Not so good e-mail communication can spoil your job. It includes things right from not responding to e-mails to not being aware of how you come across in an e-mail. This comes in the category of bad e-mail habits. You might be seen as quick or rude, or too long-winded or wordy. As per the experts, if a person has a habit of taking too much time to respond to e-mails, you could miss important things like meetings or deadlines, cause delays or confusion. Or it shows your unprofessionalism.

    6. Social media addiction

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    Another very common yet noticeable thing that many employees have is with social media. Using Facebook at regular intervals does interrupt your work, it would be lying to say it doesn’t and it’s one of the most common habits you will see in someone. Some companies have taken strict measures to monitor or limit their employees’ social media use, while others have blocked these sites completely. So, beware of spending too much time on social media or other websites not related to your professional work can put your job in trouble. This is one of the most annoying habits that your boss finds in you.

    7. Bad body language habits

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    Is this your habit to continuously roll your eyes? Do you have a weak handshake? Do you have a habit of not making proper eye contact? Stop these habits now itself! These could spoil your career. Everyone should understand the simple fact that action speaks louder than words! Experts say that co-workers, managers, or clients may notice some of your non-verbal communication habits as rude or unprofessional. All these things could sooner or later have a significant impact on the future of your career.

    8. Inattentiveness

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    Not being attentive is what you do? Are you always distracted? This is a bad habit that a number of employees have. In this case, you might fail to properly assess the culture of the workplace, which can be a troubling factor in your career.

    Every workplace has its own culture and style, whether it’s the official or unofficial dress code, the social atmosphere, or the official and unofficial hierarchy.

    If you fail in noticing or observing the culture, then you’re creating tension or representing yourself as different, and likely less desirable.

    You should also be aware of personal and one of the bad health habits that might be offensive or distracting to your co-workers. These habits can range from body odor, bringing strong-smelling food to your office room, playing music too loudly, cracking or telling inappropriate jokes, or using your speaker-phone to make calls.”

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    9. Poor grammar

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    When you hear anyone using poor grammar, slang, foul language, it translates into that person to be uneducated. Remind yourself that it’s not your home or speaking with friends at some get together. Be clear in what you say; be on point, as always assume that your boss is within that space only.

    10. Lone wolf syndrome

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    The lone wolf is the kind of person who prefers aloneness, expresses their introvert nature, or have a habit to do the things on their own only. Is this your kind of nature? Then change it!
    We must understand the difference between independence and aloofness. Independence is good in some conditions or when the concentration is needed to finish your project on time, generally people who work or believes in team spirit experience more success at work.
    Teamwork involves a lot of positive behaviors including giving credit or appreciation where it is due (i.e. not taking credit for work which a colleague did), helping others when possible, doing tasks that are not necessary to do in your job description etc.
    If you don’t work in a team then you won’t have the support of your colleagues when any problem arises.

    11. Temper Issues

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    Working in temper doesn’t sound good at the office. If you lose your temper then it’s assumed that you can’t work under pressure or handle responsibilities well. It will be good if you make a habit of performing stress reduction methods like yoga, meditation or deep breathing exercises, and never mix your personal and professional problems, as don’t bring them to your office.

    12. Inefficiency

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    Bad habits including disorganization, wasting time, and being too talkative can put you in the category of a non-professional or an extremely inefficient worker. This is one of the worst office habits.

    The thing is you may not realize it, but many of your co-workers are there to work not to socialize, and they may not want to be rude with you by putting a break to your personal conversations. You don’t want to become the person with whom any of your colleagues will avoid working with. So, talk in low-pitch or in the least heard voice, keep your desk organized, and don’t spend too much time on non-work-related tasks.

    13. Speaking without thinking

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    If you have no full stops or breaks in your conversations then you must control this habit in the workplace. And more importantly, saying something inappropriate in a meeting or an e-mail can be damaging or disadvantageous to your career.

    14. Lack of manners

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    From the childhood only, I believe we must have learned these habits. When you ask for something, say ‘please.’ When someone gives you something, say ‘thank you.’ If you don’t know the person, introduce yourself. If need to interrupt someone in the conversation of two other persons then say, ‘excuse me.’ Manners are important, so don’t be rude. And if you don’t have something good to say then don’t say anything at all!

    15. Selfish

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    Is this your habit to not share things with others? Correct this habit if you have this because when the time is there if you need something, for example, a pen, others will be selfish too.

    There are a few common bad habits that can put your job in difficulty, can cause you to be fired, turned down for a job offer, or looked over for that promotion.

    Examine yourself and ask others about your habits. And if someone gives you any feedback, take it seriously! That the best thing you can do!

    Be a good listener, try to listen to the concern, and take some time to own it without defensively declining it.”

    Not all but definitely much of this circulates around communication. We all have little annoying habits, but it’s how and when an individual takes a serious note on his/her habits and correct them.