8 work habits that can hold back growth in your career

Landing the right job is just the beginning of many events that occur in the journey of those of us pursuing a career. Adapting into the work environment, understanding job expectations, dynamics between co-workers are the next steps. Above everything, it is essential to ensure that one hones the right attitude and work-habits that are necessary for growth and advancement in his/her career.

As one moves up the career curve, ascending step one after another can be challenging. It can be very frustrating for a resource when he or she is overlooked when aspects such as raises, promotions, or new opportunities present themselves.

Advancements in a career can happen only when one can step out of the comfort zone. Repeating mundane tasks day after day without significant changes in the output can get one sidelined. Realizing the fact that people around you cause most obstacles encountered or your mind helps develop a stronger perspective on one’s career. Get started with this realization.  

Remember these thumb rules as habits that can hold back growth in anyone’s career.

1.      Not making noise about your accomplishments.

 You could be highly productive, but if it is not being highlighted or talked about, then you still lose out on reputation, salary, and promotions. Be smart and report from time to time your accomplishments to your manager on any appreciation from a client or saving your co-worker from certain work disaster.

2.      Impulsive decision making.

There is no room for knee-jerk reactions while one is shaping up a career- for each mistake carries consequences. Whether you decide to walk off from a job because you are unhappy or have settled for a job you do not like without thinking through- the right attitude is that which will stand ground. The decisions made about work usually have far-reaching ramifications on the wallet, reputation, and daily quality of life at work.

3.      Not being assertive.

Staying quiet and working hard at being productive every single hour at work might make you invisible. Standing up and being assertive is the best way to succeed professionally, it is then when you are noticed for having a stance and sticking to it. If you strongly believe that a decision is wrong, or a project is headed for disaster, or are not convinced about your compensation, management expects you to speak up. Professionally voicing opinions is one of the critical habits that leads to a successful career.

4.      Being eternally negative.

Organizations can monitor rotten eggs in the basket- if you continuously complain about extra work assigned, or HR policies or other teams, you are creating an unpleasant environment for people around you. Wrong attitude and unpleasantness are not positive work-habits and hence rub off as bad sooner or later. You will soon get a reputation for being bitter and having a bad attitude.

5.      Getting defensive and argumentative.

Criticism plays a crucial role in one’s career, instead of handling this positively if you get defensive then begins the downward spiral in your career. People sooner or later will give up having meaningful interactions with defensive people, co-workers may start avoiding, and the immediate boss might stop giving feedback.

6.      Gossiping, lying and indulging in spreading rumors.

Interpersonal office dynamics can be tough to get out when one gets caught in it. Behavior such as lying, one about one another or spreading unwanted information can destroy the credibility of a resource, and there is something which cannot be reversed. Developing an open earnest and transparent attitude will always pay in the long run.

7.      Being disorganized mentally and physically.

AT work, everything is observed, your actions what you speak, and each of it affects your output at the end of the day. Whether it happens, it is something as trivial as forwarding a document via email or something as significant as a project deadline. This is perceived as a positive work-habit. If you do live up to a reputation as someone reliable and someone people can have confidence in, it pays back when you anticipate growth in your career.  

8.      Not keeping up to date.

It is effortless to settle into a job and routine, but one needs to keep a watch on developments that happen around you regularly. Today,  one needs to adapt to grow and rise to changes in a job. Resisting newer methods of performance would make it too easy just to be left behind by colleagues who aren’t so change-resistant.

We all live in the age of an ever-changing employment environment, growth, and advancement in a career for any ambitious individual is a culmination of several changes made within. Developing the right attitude and keeping away from work-habits that can deter growth in a career is the right step forward.


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *