As the international job markets continue to show signs of recovering from the hard times, employees need to be as careful as they were during the distress years of recession.
There are plenty of good candidates available in the market and an employer won’t hesitate in finding a replacement in case he thinks you deserve to be fired, they claim.
Doing your day’s work honestly is, of course, the golden mantra, but not doing certain things can also help you avoid unnecessary problems at the workplace.
If you want to be seen as a serious employee, you just have to be more careful about not making some annoying mistakes, unless you really don’t care about losing your job. That’s why you need to avoid doing these five things at work.
DON’T SPEND TOO MUCH TIME ON SOCIAL MEDIA--One of the biggest mistake people make at work is abusing the time they have with spending it recklessly on the Internet and social media. While the Internet and social media are great work tools, they can be – and are often – misused.
Employees often chat online with family and friends, spend time on Twitter and Facebook during the time they should be slogging hard for the company they are employed with.
DON’T SHOP ONLINE WHILE AT WORK--An extension of the excessive use of the Internet, some employees also shop online while at work.
Time that could have been used productively is often wasted on online shopping sites like eBay, Amazon and a whole lot of other sites, whether window shopping designer labels or actually swiping the credit card for the goods purchased.
AVOID GOSSIPING AND OFFICE POLITICKING--Gossiping should be avoided under all circumstances. Recruitment experts believe it can only have adverse effects and reactions.
Passing on information to another employee, who then passes it on to the next one, should also be avoided.
For example, talking about a particular ‘undeserving’ employee getting the biggest hike when this may not be the case will only lead to feelings of discontent among other team members, and you may have to face the wrath of the boss if the gossip is tracked back to you.
AVOID SLACKING OFF--Taking too many leave often leaves a bad impression and no boss or office will give you a clean chit to stay away from work. Silly excuses to just avoid work can only land you in deeper soup. In this case, you will be given a few warnings, which then may lead to termination.
STOP WHINING--Negativity nurtures negativity. Employees should be smart enough to behave professionally in today’s job market.
Avoid acting unprofessional by constantly complaining about your job, salary or working conditions. Be proud of your work, your workplace or at least pretend to be until you have the next offer letter in hand.