Bad Habits At Work You Don’t Know You Have

This post was originally published back in June, 2010 and was co-authored by Heather McCulligh and Mary Montserrat-Howlett. After talking with a friend of mine last weekend about her office, I decided we needed to add a new bad habit to our list: Being a Slob. It’s now Bad Habit 11. I’ve also added some tips for overcoming a few of the bad habits mentioned. Read on.

“A habit is something you can do without thinking – which is why most of us have so many of them.” ~Frank Howard Clark

Who would we be without our habits? Without those little idiosyncrasies and automatic routines that distinguish one person from the next? Our habits, good and bad, play a paramount role in defining who we are, and subsequently, how others judge our character.

In a work setting, our habits can have a significant impact on how we function, how productive we are, on our performance appraisal and how our colleagues perceive us. So it’s no surprise that exercising good habits can influence the success of our careers.

Given that we’re all marked by our habits, this article outlines some of the major bad habits we may be exhibiting in the workplace that we may not be aware of, but that could be impeding our careers.

Being aware of our behaviors in our work environment can help shift a bad habit cycle and transform it into a positive working routine.

Top 11 bad work habits

  1. Isolating Yourself
  2. Avoiding Work
  3. Resisting Change
  4. Being Negative
  5. Gossiping
  6. Procrastinating, Then Rushing
  7. Being Disorganized
  8. Not Sharing Experience
  9. Sharing Too Many Experiences
  10. Always Taking Things Personally
  11. Being a Slob

“The easier it is to do, the harder it is to change.” ~Eng’s Principle

The first step to breaking a bad habit is to recognize it. In 5 Steps to Breaking Bad Habits and Being More Productive, Shelley Doll suggests keeping a journal to track how you spend your days at the office, including things like start and end times, locations, and participants. Performance review software is also fantastic at aligning employee performances with company objectives. You may be surprised by what you discover about yourself in your work environment.

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