Welcome back to our next installment of reputation-tarnishing behaviors at work. Last time we explored how being too assertive, overextending yourself, and failing to communicate with your boss can all have a negative impact on your status. Read on for a few more behaviors to avoid if you’re trying to stay on everyone’s good side!
Lack of Coherency
It’s likely that at some point during your job you will have to share your work and progress with either your boss or your coworkers. And while this may take some extra effort and energy on your part, it’s important to take the time to ensure that what you present to others is clear, logical, and legible. A presentation that lacks these three factors can really frustrate others, and you may be forced to either rework what you did, spend a good amount of time explaining superfluous details, or have your work be disregarded altogether. Presenting coherent, understandable work is a show of respect for your audience, so you should do your best to be as clear as possible.
Challenging Your Boss
At all times, no matter what, you should show respect for your boss. This becomes particularly important when others are around, say, in a team meeting or even just around the office. It’s okay to disagree with your boss, but set aside a time to do so in private. If your boss happens to make a mistake in a meeting – and you feel that it’s important to point this out – either try to get the message to your boss discreetly or bring the matter up in as polite a way as possible. Never try to challenge your boss in public, as this will likely cause you to be perceived as insubordinate.
Focusing Solely on Your Boss
While your relationship with your boss is crucial to your career, it’s important to also cultivate relationships with your coworkers. These are the people with whom you will be working in teams, and perhaps more importantly, they’re the ones whom you will be working under (or above) when someone is promoted. Don’t isolate yourself by ignoring your peers, and don’t be seen as a “brown noser” by focusing solely on your boss. It’s imperative to be friendly with everyone and to be a team player.
Having No Reputation
One interesting point that many fail to consider is having no reputation. While flying under the radar is certainly preferable to sticking out like a sore thumb, it’s still better to be in great standing at your place of work. If you show up to work but remain unnoticed, you will likely miss out on many of the privileges afforded to hardworking, friendly, reliable employees. Having no reputation does not mean that you are none of these things, it just means that you will have to put in a little extra work to be recognized as such.
That’s it for now on behavioral blunders to avoid at work. As you can see, how you interact with both your coworkers and your boss is extremely important, and it’s worth putting in the extra effort so that people consider you a great component of the team!
Until next time,
The Doostang Team