14 Everyday Habits That Could Be Derailing Your Career
You get your work done and you’re good at it, but if you’re guilty of any of these habits, you could be unknowingly sabotaging your career.
A lack of confidence
People follow those with confidence. “It’s important to project some sense of confidence. How? A firm handshake, back straight, head up, maintain eye contact, and interact with energy,” says Patel. Act confident, and you’ll end up building it… and your career. These are the 17 “soft skills” employers look for in job applicants.
Not paying it forward
Most successful people have gotten to where they are with the help of others. “At a more rudimentary level, if someone has helped you in the office, make sure to be good to others and be kind to the person who supported you. It’s a good way to build relationships and build your personal brand,” suggests Patel.
Not truly becoming a part of the team
“Supervisors want you to integrate with the team not just because it builds camaraderie but also because a team that sticks together fights for each other. Even if you don’t drink, go to happy hours and laugh with your team or bring doughnuts every now and then,” says Patel. Becoming a part of the team will help you build a foundation, and these relationships will come in handy when you’re in need. Here are more ways to make sure you’re not the annoying coworker.
Putting personal life before work while at work
We can all admit to leaving early for appointments, using work time to deal with that contractor who’s remodeling your kitchen, or texting your sweetie a quick hello. But when you constantly do this at work, it shows you don’t value your job, or your company’s time. Save the personal calls for your lunch hour. Be sure to banish these items from your desk if you want to get ahead at work.