If you are not careful, your own immaturity can be sabotaging your success in the workplace. You may not get fired for being immature. However, acting immaturely will definitely hinder your ability to work at your optimal level. That will then decrease your chances of securing a new promotion and moving up in the company.
Immaturity can manifest itself in a variety of forms. From being known as the Drama Queen of the office to being the eternal child who would rather slack off and pull practical jokes on co-workers than do their own job. This article will address 5 ways your immaturity is negatively affecting your work performance.
1. Thriving on Drama in the Workplace
One of the main reasons why your immaturity is negatively affecting your work performance is that you thrive on drama in the workplace. You are the epitome of the office Drama Queen or King. Whenever something goes wrong, you act like it’s the end of the world even if it’s only the fact that your computer is acting up or the last person to take coffee from the break room forgets to make another pot, you are steamed up and ready to make heads roll. Relax, it’s just a cup of coffee. However, to you, every little thing automatically becomes a humongous problem.
This type of immature behavior will get noticed by your manager. You may not get fired for acting like a diva. However, you definitely won’t win any popularity contests with your manager when it comes to picking the next team leader or deciding which employee in your department is going to get promoted. When you constantly thrive on drama in the workplace, you allow your immaturity to shine through and that will make it more difficult for you to succeed at work.
- Tip – If you want to make a change, you need to stop turning toward drama every minute of the day. Focus on creating goals; especially one that involves becoming more rational and less emotional. Ask yourself if you are perfectly suited to the current job you’re working at and whether or not you need to make a change to another profession that is more suited to your dramatic tendencies, like the arts.
2. Operating with a Slacker Mindset
If you are allowing a slacker mindset to control your behavior each day, you are behaving in an immature manner, and that will negatively affect your ability to work to your optimal level. Slackers basically try to skate by in the workplace by doing the minimal amount of work and hope that they won’t get caught. The highlight of your day is being able to walk to the break room to get a cup of coffee or visit the water cooler to talk to your office friends. You’re the employee who has perfected the art of checking your personal emails and scrolling through your social media newsfeeds without getting caught. Your lunch breaks seem to last longer than your fellow employees, and you have a habit of strolling into work late each morning.
You may think you’re getting away with this type of behavior. However, your immaturity will soon catch up to you. The longer you operate under this slacker mindset, the more you allow your immature behavior to screw up any chances you have of excelling on the job and getting noticed by your manager in a positive way.
- Tip – If you want to change your ways and have a positive impact on your work performance, take a reality check. Change your mindset to be grateful for your job and then make a decision to work with a more ethical attitude. Only you can change your mind to leave your immature ways behind and focus on being more productive.
3. Living in Your Own World at Work
If you constantly have your head in the clouds and cannot concentrate on completing work, you’re allowing your immaturity to negatively impact your work performance. You’re the type of employee who keeps daydreaming during company staff meetings when you should be focused on taking notes. It’s amazing that you haven’t been found out yet, but just wait—one of these days your manager will call on you during a meeting so you can give intelligent input regarding the workplace discussion. When you do speak up during these meetings, people usually raise their eyebrows, roll their eyes, scratch their heads and wonder what you just said.
Eventually, your boss is going to call you out for always having your head in the clouds and not focusing on being productive each day. You may not be interested in getting a promotion and are happy with your current job. However, if you want to ensure job security, it’s best to figure out how to behave in a more mature manner.
- Tip – Try to hone your focus so that your mind does not wander off in all directions at once. Make a decision to develop your communication skills so that you can offer your suggestions in a manner that engages your colleagues, rather than leaves them wondering what you were talking about. Accept your job and be ready each day to work to your full potential.
4. Being Overly Co-Dependent with Others
Another reason immaturity is negatively affecting your work performance is that you may be overly dependent on your colleagues or manager. Sitting at your desk for more than an hour without receiving some direction from a manager can drive you crazy. You don’t know how to work independently when you are fully capable of doing just that. You have been allowing your co-dependency on others to ruin your chances of working to your optimal potential each day. Your colleagues have begun to turn around and run away when they see you coming down the hall because they don’t want to get roped into explaining the project tasks to you one more time.
Your manager will notice this type of co-dependent behavior and this can become a stumbling block to your future career success at the company. You will not be on the short list for any promotions if you continue to allow your immaturity to rule your behavior.
- Tip – Focus on the fact that you can do your job independently, and you simply need to work on developing your personal confidence level. Once you realize that you can complete your work on your own, a whole new world at the office will be opened up to you.
5. Constantly Challenging All Authority
The final reason that your immaturity may be negatively affecting your work performance is that you are constantly challenging all authority. Your first reaction to a directive from your boss is to question it and ask why it cannot be done another way. When you are working on team projects, you have become known as the office challenger and everyone cringes inside when they find out you’ve been assigned to work with them. Your teamwork abilities are challenged, and you constantly allow your immaturity to get the best of you.
Your boss may not have specifically called you out yet for your immaturity in challenging every directive. However, you can be certain he has noticed your obstinate behavior. As a challenger, you think that you are next in line for a leadership role and that your boss is insane if he doesn’t give that promotion to you. However, you need to realize that leaders were also followers first.
- Tip – If you want to get that promotion and finally have that leadership role, you first need to temper your tendency to challenge everyone. Take notice of the negative impacts that your immaturity has been having on your relationships with colleagues and with your manager. Learn how to become more of a team player and then you’ll be able to behave in a mature fashion and become a future leader.
If you want to positively improve your work performance, it is important to understand how your immaturity level is negatively affecting your success at your job. Have you ever experienced issues with your own immature behavior negatively affecting your work performance?