Our drive to improve ourselves moves into high gear as we look toward a new year. And one of our first places of improvement starts at work, where we should always seek to better ourselves.
According to Kitty Boitnott, PhD, NBCT, a certified life strategies and stress management coach, there are immediate ways we can be better employees. She lists them in “5 Bad Work Habits to Break in 2015” on the website Careerealism.com. Here are three of her suggestions.
1. Be on Time
“It is much better to be known as the guy (or gal) who is always 10 minutes early for everything as opposed to being known for always being 10 minutes late for everything,” Boitnott wrote. “Being late is disrespectful of the people who are waiting for you.”
2. Avoid Office Gossip
“People may enjoy your stories for a while, but eventually they will start to wonder what you are telling other people about them given your penchant for not being able to keep a secret or hold a confidence.”
3. Stop Saying “It’s Not My Job”
“While it may be true that a particular job that you are asked to perform is outside the actual letter of your contract, by doing it anyway you demonstrate that you are a team player.”
Check out the article for the other two suggestions, and please let us know how you plan to improve your career next year in the comments section.