Bad Workplace Habits That Can Cost You Your Job

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If there is one thing we all need, it’s a job. We need our jobs and our careers for more than just a few reasons, but mostly so that we can do things like eat and pay our mortgages and care for our kids. It’s just a fact of life for the vast majority of us, and our bad workplace habits might have a very lasting negative effect on our future careers. Before you click on a link for something else, you do have bad workplace habits. You might not know it right now, but you do. Here are some of the most common workplace habits that could cost you a promotion or even your job – because we want you to have the opportunity to kick them before it’s too late.

Sitting all day long

It might sound like your job requires this, but you have to get up and move if you want to remain healthy. It’s not good for you to sit down all day long without getting up and getting moving. Additionally, your boss doesn’t like to see you sit there all day longer, either. Why not? It might seem as if you need to work harder than anyone else to get the same amount done – and they don’t like that.

Not speaking up

If you go into a meeting, speak up. If you have an idea, use it. You aren’t going to find that everyone is a fan of what you have to say or that every single idea is a good one, but how will you learn to improve yourself or your skill set if you don’t speak up?

Ordering lunch

It might be a lot easier to order lunch and have it at your desk, but you need a break. You also need to bring your lunch from home sometimes to ensure you’re eating a healthy and well-balanced diet. Additionally, it helps to have a chance to get up and make yourself lunch and get out of the zone.

Not calling in

You are given sick days for a reason, and it’s highly recommended you take them. You might think that your boss is annoyed when you call in sick, but she’s bound to be more annoyed when you come to work coughing all over everyone else. Stay home; coming to work sick is no good for anyone.

Complaining on social media

I’m not sure why I should even have to say this; it’s common sense and you should know better in general. However, you have got to stop talking about work on social media. Someone might know someone who knows someone who could screen shot your complaints and show them off even if you are super careful to keep your work people off your private social media account. Just don’t do it – ever.

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