Resist the urge to send your boss that thumbs up or happy face emoji (even if he or she sends you them). It’s easy for communication to get misconstrued via text and you certainly don’t want your boss to take your emoji the wrong way. While everyone has a different relationship with their coworkers and each office environment is different, it’s best to avoid this work habit until you’re better acquainted with your work atmosphere. “Using emoticons in e-mail makes people subconsciously think you’re incompetent,” warns Penelope Trunk, career coach. And make sure you never say these 15 things via text or email.
If you make a mistake, just own up to it. No one likes that one person that’s always slacking, yet somehow always coming up with obscene reasons to why they didn’t or couldn’t do something. No one is perfect and mistakes are bound to happen, so when you do something wrong, just address it and move on.
Having an empty desk
While it’s definitely safest to keep your professional and personal lives separate, you don’t need to hide your personal life entirely. In fact, according to Trunk, having a completely empty desk without any personal mementos, like notepads, pictures, pens, etc. is a bad work habit and actually makes it look like you don’t care about your job. You probably put in long hours and work, so why not make it a space that you enjoy. It’s OK, go ahead and hang up that picture of your adorable dog or baby. In fact, find out why a messy desk might make you a genius.