You wake up every day thrilled with your place in life and super excited to go to the office. You’re doing an incredible job, impressing clients, coworkers and managers alike, and have gotten so comfortable at your office that you’re friendly with everyone and can strike up a conversation with absolutely anyone at the company. Life is going pretty well, and in terms of your overarching career dreams, you’re right on track and crossing things off your to-do list left, right, and center. There’s only one problem: you’ve gotten so comfy at the office that you’ve developed some less than pretty habits. Here are the top 10 bad office habits that you need to give up today so you can be the professional you were meant to be.
1. Oversharing Your Personal Life
This is a tough one. It’s really great that you have friends and good relationships in the workplace, but there’s a fine line between knowing how close to get to your coworkers and what you should better keep to yourself. You definitely need to stop being such an over-sharer when it comes to every last detail of your personal life. Subjects such as your romantic life, sex life, family issues, and endless updates on a health crisis you’re facing or your ongoing health problems are best left for your non-work friends. You may think that your colleagues are supportive and enjoy hearing your tales of woe or juicy stories but, in reality, you’re kind of being annoying.
2. Sucking Up to the Boss
Everyone wants to be nice and friendly to their boss. It’s basically an unspoken rule in the office. But bringing him his favorite Starbucks vanilla latte every single morning, Monday to Friday, definitely won’t accomplish your ultimate goal, which is to land a promotion or get some kind of resulting praise or benefit. Instead, you’ll just look like the suck-up that – sorry to say – you have become.
Sucking up is not a good look for anyone. Focus on your work and doing your best if you want your boss to notice you. He’ll be impressed and that will get you where you need and deserve to be at the company. So don’t stress about it, and don’t suck up to him.
3. Eating Every Birthday Cake
That leftover birthday cake sitting in the office fridge and all those chocolates in the meeting room are the bane of any health-minded worker’s existence. You’re trying to stick to your diet and your office is basically a minefield of unhealthy choices, but stop thinking that you have to eat whatever junk food is lying around. Just because it’s there does not mean you have to consume it. Your weight and waistline and overall health will say thank you when you stop.
4. Updating Your Social Media Feeds During Work Hours
We get it. Everyone is obsessed with social media and is always Instagramming their lunch salads, tweeting their every thought, and always browsing Facebook, but it’s really not a good idea to update your social media feeds during work. If your boss finds out, he’ll probably not be too thrilled that you’re using your work time so unproductively and getting distracted by a photo your BFF posted online last week.
5. Talking Super Loudly
Every office has one: that person who talks way too loudly and ends up giving everyone a headache. Don’t be that annoying person. Talk at a low volume when on the phone and don’t shriek or shout when talking to coworkers. If you need to speak to someone far across the office, send them an e-mail or, better yet, actually get up and go to them.
6. Sitting All Day Long
Everyone is talking about “the sitting disease” or the fact that we’re logging more hours than ever before with our butts in chairs, whether driving to work or at our office desks. Make sure you get up every once in a while and walk around the office. Even just walking to the bathroom is a good way to get your blood flowing and circulating, ensuring that you’re not sedentary for too long.
7. Calling in Sick on a Friday or Monday
This is the kiss of death when it comes to impressing your boss and making him think that you love your job and deserve all the accolades and perks. Your boss knows you’re not actually sick and, even if you are, he will still think you’re just trying to get a three-day weekend out of the deal. If you’re actually dying of a cold or flu, come in to work anyway. Your boss will most likely send you home, and they’ll know you’re not faking it. Otherwise, no more three-day weekends for you.
8. Bad-Mouthing Clients
You could have the most annoying, horrible, awful clients around, but that’s no excuse for gossiping or talking smack about them. It’s just not professional and it doesn’t make you look good at all, especially considering that your ultimate goal is to look as professional and pleasing as possible to everyone you work with. Even if your coworkers are bad-mouthing a client for whatever reason, don’t join in. Rise above, and be the one employee who keeps his cool.
9. Making Everything a Joke
Okay, so your office culture is pretty relaxed and everyone loves to laugh and joke around, but that doesn’t mean you need to be sharing hilarious YouTube cat videos with your coworkers or making everything that someone says to you a joke. Of course you can laugh sometimes – work should, after all, be fun, or what’s the point? But take work-related topics seriously and when someone asks you to do something, don’t make a joke out of it. Just do it.
10. Leaving at 5pm Sharp
The traditional work day is over when the clock strikes 5, but that doesn’t mean you need to leave right away. It’s not great to look super eager to shut down your computer and race home. Wait 10 to 15 minutes and look like you love your job and appreciate it – which you do, right? And the bonus of waiting a few extra minutes is if you’re commuting home by subway or bus, you’ll miss a bit of the crazy rush hour crowds since everyone else will be leaving work right at 5pm.
See Also: 5 Insanely Annoying Work Habits
Do you have any of these top 10 bad office habits? It’s easy to get into a routine of doing these 10 things, but it doesn’t have to be that way. It’s totally possible to change. You will only look more professional and valuable to your boss and company when you stop these annoying behaviors while the rest of your office is still stuffing their faces with birthday cake or spending all day long on Facebook. You’re better than that.
Can you think of any other bad office habits people should give up? Let us know in the comments section below!