6 Things you should stop doing at work
January 30th, 2019
While there are many things that we’re already used in doing at work, we may not notice that some of them can be destructive already. Not only to our professional behavior but also to the environment we’re at.
Here are the seven (7) things that you must consider stop doing so that you can focus on being better at work and build a good working environment:
TAKING DEADLINES FOR GRANTED
Your boss might be an “output-based” kind of boss but he also looks at your ability to meet deadlines. Your output has something to say about you and so as deadlines. It measures you professionally and can be one of the factors why you should level up. Meeting deadlines do not only mean you don’t procrastinate, or you have the mastery of what you’re doing. It also means that you can stand for what you have committed. It’s more on the character than skills.
You might be the kind of person that releases temper and tension by yelling but it can also be a message that you’re a difficult person to deal with. So instead of yelling, breathe in, breathe out and keep your cool. If you need to get out of your office for a little time to release your stresses do so. Do whatever it takes to release that emotion. Never let it affect your work and your place and the people in it.
TALKING MORE, LISTENING LESS
There will be people from work coming to you and telling you stories about what they’re going through with their careers, or recent encounters with people in office. Some just wants breather. They just want to release their thoughts or whatever is bothering them. Some needs advice. But whatever it is, make sure that you practice active listening and listen carefully. Never dominate the conversation and never give advice according to your principles alone. Always remember that what works for you may not work for others. This will not only make you a good listener, but it will also show that you know how to handle situations where you are not really directly involved. Not that you have to resolve them, but you just know what to do.
This is very given. It’s not healthy for you and for your workplace. More than the fact that it’s time consuming, it makes you less trust-worthy.
Some companies are really lenient and not really formal. You can come as you are and be who you are. However, that doesn’t mean that you will disregard rules or protocols. Just like coming in late or being under-dressed. These are the basics, but they can be a basis of your professionalism. No matter how good you are with your work but if you can’t follow simple rules your skills won’t really matter.
Just because you can doesn’t mean you have to. It might be impressive that you can do a lot of things or you can multi-task. But it’s not impressive anymore when you’re not getting things done and not producing quality work just because you have a lot on your hands. Learn how to say “no” in a very nice way and make them understand that as much as you want to accommodate these things you already have a lot on your plate.
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