This week we’re sharing even more work habits to ditch for 2020! Such as lack of dependability, being late to work, procrastination, and picking up the slack too often. Check them out, below!

Not Being Dependable

Being dependable is a vital trait to have as an employee. Show up to work when you’re supposed to, avoid the habit of calling in, and if you say you’re going to complete a task, do your best to keep your word. This will not only earn your respect with your coworkers but with your boss as well. Not to mention it promotes good work habits. And who doesn’t want that?

Staying At The Wrong Job Too Long

When it comes to knowing whether you need to stick out your job a little longer, or if it’s time to part ways you should take time to weigh the positives and negatives. Give yourself enough time to fully learn your role – before making any big decisions. However, if you’ve been at your position for at least a year and you still feel like you’re not meant to be there (whether you just dislike what you do, don’t enjoy the atmosphere, the daily work, etc.) – it’s time for you to go. Staying too long at a job that’s not right for you not only does you a disservice but the company as well.

Showing Up Late

Regardless of how late you show up to work, getting in the habit of doing so comes with various negative effects. For example, when you’re late to work, you start your day off feeling the need to catch up. You rush during the commute, getting settled in, and rush to start your day. Being late also sets a bad example as an employee. Your employees won’t take you seriously, and your boss may feel that you don’t take your job seriously. So, Payscale suggests trying to arrive at “at least 15 to 20 minutes” before you need to be there. Giving off the impression that you are “organized, reliable, efficient. Plus, you’ll have time on your side if you must deal with something unexpected”.

Not Having a Plan for Your Inbox

This is one of those work habits that can go one of two ways. You either let your inbox get out of control – or you let your inbox control your day – and neither are helpful. You want to maintain your inbox enough so that you’re punctual and organized, however, you don’t want your emails to get in the way of your productivity by having your notifications on and being distracted every time you receive an email. If email is a big source of communication for you, try starting by checking your emails in 20-30-minute increments in batches to allot time to your inbox, but allowing you to maintain productivity.

Avoiding Phone Calls

This one can seem obvious, however, there are some reasons that this habit made the list. Although we are in an ever-fast-paced world, where texting and emailing are more convenient – sometimes it can be too convenient that conversations can quickly fall off our radar. Phone calls can seem to take up too much of our time – and texting is more convenient for both parties. However, in certain situations – phone calls are still vital in the communication process. They allow you to relay information quickly, more direct, and more thorough at times as well. So, if you feel that there’s an urgent matter/topic, or there is a situation that would suffice better as a phone call – pick up the phone and call directly.

Procrastinate What Should Get Done Today

At the time, procrastinating may seem like the better option. However, if you procrastinate something that should be done sooner than later, or because you don’t “feel like it” you’re going to create more stress around that task the longer it sits. If there’s something that should get done today that would make your responsibilities easier – get it done. You’ll be happier having it off your list.

Buying Overpriced Lunch

Convenience is everything when it comes to working a full-time job. But overpaying for meals while you’re at work – is not everything. Take the extra time to pack your lunch at home, you’ll feel better about your meals and seeing the extra $30-$50+ in your bank account each week because you’re not buying daily – will make it even more worth it.

Always Picking Up Slack

If you are a go-to employee in the workplace, great! You’re of value, and people look to you for advice/to get the job done. However, if you find that you are consistently being asked, or volunteering for the “slack” work that other employees don’t want to do – you aren’t doing anyone any favors. Of course, it’s important to be a team player, however, being a team player means that all parties should pick up the slack from time to time. Give yourself a break and let others volunteer for this.

Abandoning Your Network

Regardless of whether you’re looking for a job or not; attempting to keep in contact with your network, and checking in and utilizing business sites such as LinkedIn not only when you need support, is crucial. You’ll find more support if/when you start your job search, and it will feel more natural communicating with your peers/network because you’ll be in the loop.

 

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