Telling your boss he’s an idiot is one way to DEFINITELY get canned. Or just do everything on this list for a few months, and everyone will hate you. Here are ten things that make you seem unprofessional at work
- Showing up late, or calling off sick a lot. Your boss isn’t the only one who notices. Pretty much everyone does after a while. And people WILL gossip about it.
- Complaining about every little thing. Whether it’s work-related or personal stuff.
- Asking too many questions. You just look incompetent, like you’re the weakest link. And people get sick of having to help you do your job.
- Being messy. Which might mean a messy desk, or leaving old food in the fridge.
- Being arrogant. Especially if you start acting like the boss and telling people how to do their job.
- Bragging. You can do it in your annual review. But you shouldn’t do it in front of your co-workers all the time.
- Not dressing up for work. A lot of jobs don’t require a suit and tie anymore, but you still shouldn’t show up looking like a slob.
- Getting too personal. It’s easy if you think of your co-workers as friends. But things like family problems and your sex life should be off limits. At least during office hours.
- Being loud while people around you are working. Especially if they’re on the phone.
- Swearing all the time. Even if your company is pretty laid back about it.
I don’t think anyone would be surprised that it can be unprofessional to have a super messy desk. But you might not see THIS one coming: It also might be unprofessional to have a desk that’s too CLEAN.
A new survey found 54% of bosses say it’s a red flag when one of their employees’ desks is too messy. But 10% say they’re suspicious of an employee whose desk is too CLEAN.
They didn’t get into the reasons why, but we’re thinking it could be because a clean desk makes it seem like your workload is too light because you have enough time to constantly straighten up.
And since a messy desk can be linked to creativity, having a clean one could show you’re too uptight and un-creative.
The survey also found 15% of bosses have had an employee hang up something inappropriate in their cubicle.
Here are eight things that can make you look unprofessional at work . . .
- Profanity. You might be able to get away with swearing occasionally. But don’t use the F-word as filler any time you speak passionately about something.
- Constantly being late to work or meetings. It shows a lack of respect.
- Checking out attractive co-workers. If THEY catch you doing it, you’ll know. But it’s more likely one of your OTHER co-workers will see it, and you’ll have no idea.
- Pretending everything’s fine when it’s not. Optimism is good, but you need to be realistic.
- Being flaky. Meaning you say you’ll do something, then don’t. Or you don’t do it on time.
- Being disorganized. Which could mean everything from a messy desk to not answering emails.
- Being inarticulate. That includes using the word “like” too much, and filler words like “uh” and “um” all the time.
- Overpromising. Before you tell a co-worker or client you can do something, make sure you actually CAN do it.
Don’t let anyone call YOU unprofessional. Until they fire you for wearing man-culottes, as far as I’m concerned, they’re not affecting your performance.
A new survey asked people in management jobs to name the most unprofessional things their employees do. Overall, 84% said their staff do at least a few unprofessional things.
Here are the top 15 . . .
1. Inappropriate use of cell phones.
2. Wearing inappropriate clothing.
3. Lacking courtesy.
4. Using slang or “street talk” in meetings.
5. Bad email etiquette.
6. Not taking personal responsibility.
7. Not saying “please” and “thank you.”
8. Lying to clients or customers.
9. Hanging up on calls when they’re confronted about something.
10. Showing up late or leaving early.
11. Cutting corners on projects instead of staying late to fix mistakes.
12. Visiting online dating sites on company time.
13. Sexting on company phones.
14. Not acting professionally with clients during a business function.
15. Lacking manners.