5 Ways You’re Sabotaging Your Career and Don’t Even Realise It
Bad habits can be hard to break, but sometimes those bad habits can be costly to your reputation, especially where your work is concerned.
It’s safe to say that the majority of the decisions we make at work can have an impact on our future jobs, Your work ethic and reputation are two things that you are absolutely in control of to get you to where you want to be.
Sometimes we may not be aware that we have these bad habits, other times it’s self-sabotaging. Either way, these habits people choose to give into will hold them back from reaching their true professional potential, But out of all the professional bad habits that could exist, we identifies five that are most common, and why they’re harmful to one’s career and how you can fix them.
1. Show up late
This shows that your time management skills may not be up to par and that you’re not respectful of others’ time, The more frequent the habit, the more harmful it can be.
To redeem yourself from this one, you need to set up reminders for meetings in your calendar or your phone. Also, make sure to arrive a few minutes early to meetings to get into a better habit.
According to a 2013 survey of 2,000 managers by the Institute of Leadership and Management, arriving late is the fifth most annoying habit managers would like to see employees break.
2. Blaming and not taking ownership
Sure, there are times when we might mess up at work – missing a deadline or forgetting to complete an assignment. But it’s about the way we respond to these negative situations that help us move forward,
If you constantly find yourself in tough situations and blame your colleagues for your mistakes, you’ll likely lose trust from them pretty fast, The right thing to do is take ownership for what you know you did wrong. And if you don’t at first, ask around and see how you can learn from mistakes to move yourself forward. Accountability in any role is really important.
3. Saying no
Saying no once in a while isn’t going to hurt you, but if you make a habit of saying no to almost every opportunity that comes your way can send the wrong message.
Getting in the habit of saying ‘no’ to opportunities will likely limit you in your success at work, Your manager may think of someone else before you, knowing that you’re likely to reject the offer.
So if an opportunity is offered to you, the best approach is to say yes.
If it means staying late at work one night during the week, that’s O. Showing you’re eager and interested in learning more shows your colleagues and bosses that you’re a committed employee.
4. Resisting change
Change will be a hurdle that we will all face at some point, In fact, the only constant in the work environment is change. By resisting change and staying stuck in the past, it will keep you from moving forward.
Complaining about the new and focusing on the old can keep you and your colleagues stuck in the past instead of embracing what’s ahead.
5. Not speaking up
Whether you’re just starting out in your career or not, establishing your voice is important,
If you find yourself silent in meetings or other work situations, it may signal to your colleagues that you’re not interested. An easy solution to avoid staying silent is to prepare questions in advance of a meeting. That way, you can contribute insightfully at the end of a conversation.
In the end, advancing your career comes down to being proactive, getting out of your comfort zone, and pushing yourself past feelings of doubt. It’s not easy, but when you’re not holding yourself back, you’ll soon find that you have every opportunity to succeed.