At times you feel that your manager or boss dislikes you, there may be two reasons for that; it may be that they are generally disagreeable people or the problem could be in you. You may not realize it, but you could be engaging in workplace habits that make you look unprofessional. While many of these habits violate the basic rules of common decency and respect, sometimes you need a reminder of how to behave at work. Here is what you could be doing all wrong, making you look unprofessional in return:
SHOWING UP LATE TO WORK
The professional thing to do is to arrive on time, ready to do what is expected. It is not like they just sprung this job on you, you need to be a lot more vigilant in order to keep your designation and to improve.
CONTINUOUSLY LATE IN MEETINGS!
Similarly, showing up late to meetings shows that you neither do you respect your coworkers who showed up on time, nor the meeting organizers. Keeping people waiting can be construed as inconsiderate, rude, or arrogant.
Whether you’re at your desk or in the break room, being known as the office lazybones is never a compliment. When you block the office kitchen sink and leave your garbage around, whom exactly are you expecting to clean up after you? Leaving your mess behind shows a lack of responsibility or consideration, arrogance, and immaturity.
COMPLAINING TOO MUCH
While there may be times when everyone feels the desire to complain about the manager, coworker, or a task, voicing it will only make you look unprofessional. It is even worse if you complain every day, all day, from the moment you walk into work. It won’t take long before people will go out of their way to avoid you.
DOING YOUR MAKEUP AT YOUR DESK
In most fields, casual grooming in public is frowned on. If you need a touch up, heading to the bathroom is the best option.
POOR HYGIENE AND GROOMING
At the same time, you want to look like you take your job seriously when you walk into work and your hygiene and appearance plays an important role in that. Your boss may wonder whether your attitude about how you present yourself extends to your work and you may be passed over for a promotion, preferred when it is time to meet with a client or represent the company at a conference.
CALLING IN SICK WHEN YOU AREN’T
Remember the saying that half of life is showing up. You won’t prove you deserve the promotion if you call in sick every few weeks.
DOING SOMETHING ELSE DURING A MEETING
There is a reason why texting is illegal while driving: it’s impossible to concentrate fully on two things simultaneously. Texting, surfing the web on your laptop, instant messaging, emailing, and doing any of these things during a meeting shows everyone else in the meeting that you are not paying attention.
BEING TOO NOISY
Whether you play music loudly while others are trying to work or have conversations the entire office can hear, then your coworkers likely consider you one of the most annoying disturbances on earth. Being noisy, especially in an open office has a significant effect on your coworkers’ focus and productivity, and the noise could hurt business if it carries into an important phone call. Try to show your coworkers that you respect them by keeping the music down, and hopefully they will return the favour.