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5 Bad Work Habits To Break In 2016

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We are at the beginning of the new year and I sure hope you haven’t already forgotten about this year’s resolutions. Yes, the time honored tradition of promising things to yourself and then immediately forgetting said promise, with a lack-luster “eh, there’s always next year”. But promises don’t pay the bills, your job does and to keep it you might need to break these five bad work habits.

See Also: 10 Things You Probably Shouldn’t Get Caught Doing at Work

Being Late

Five minutes seem insignificant in the grand scheme of things, but just those ten to fifteen minutes every day of tardy CEOs (according to this ABC news article) cost the U.S. Economy a staggering ninety billion dollars in lost productivity. Now imagine what those numbers come up to when you include employees. You might wonder how that influences you. Well if the company is bleeding money, who do you think is going to get the sack first? But don’t worry it only takes 21 days to make something a habit…or not…damn it Forbes you ruin everything.      


Flipping between that endless spread sheet and Paris Hilton’s Instagram feed might seem like a small infraction, but inattentiveness at work can be career ending. According to researcher Gloria Mark of the University of California, Irvine it takes about 25 minutes to get back to the original task if an office worker is taken off it. Those distractions add up and eventually your disrupted work-flow, will become lost deadlines and trouble with management. Is your job worth seeing Paris’ latest nude front cover?  

The Loner

It works in movies, the lone wanderer that helps people in despair or trouble, walking beyond the horizon when the dust settles…look you are not in a movie and an office environment is a communal one, you need help and you need to give help which is kind of like the movie, but I doubt the protagonist would ever help July in accounting turn in her reports. Being a solo player is not inconspicuous and sooner or later management will pick up on your inability to play nice with others and they will send you walking towards the horizon, like the hero of the movie you love so much.


Sometimes bad work habits can be bad personal habits too. An all too common gripe office workers have it’s the condition of the break-room, the kitchenette or the bathroom. If you happen to be the soil-er of those aforementioned spaces and management catches wind of it you run the risk of having a sit-down with administration. Beyond that anything that makes the workplace unpleasant or even hostile will be quickly quelled by management in fear that it’s detrimental to productivity. So keep those dirty jokes, inappropriate comments and all too revealing clothes for the bar. Oh and the drinking of course.


This is a work-place sin that almost everyone has done. The old “I’ll get to it later” might seem harmless, but if you fall far enough behind, you might not be able to get out from under (your self-imposed) work-load. Missing significant dead-lines because you said “I’ll do it later” will most definitely result in a very immediate termination.

See Also: What to Do if You Get Caught Stealing at Work

So, do you know of any other habits you should break in 2016? Let us know in the comment section below.

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