10 worst work habits you should try to break

For a very long time, trainers and experts the world over have researched on various ways to improve work efficiency and productivity. There were methods like Kaizen and others, implemented in organizations at a huge cost and with the single motive of enhancing productivity. The world, however, hasn’t changed much since then as it is very difficult to change human nature.

Bad habits, no wonder, are still common on both the professional and personal front. It is a different matter that while some habits are more obvious than others, they may not be too detrimental. However, employees caught in the act may suffer the consequence of getting a bad reputation, which may also not be good for one’s career.

Given below are some work habits which reduce and hamper productivity, and which one should always try to break:

1) Improper planning :

While all of us are aware of the benefits of planning, when it comes to work, most people don’t have their agenda in place for the day, week or month. There are no set goals on what they want to achieve. They simply reach their workplace and then decide on the work to be executed.

Lack of planning of the day at work or at the job is one of the most ‘non-productive’ habits at the workplace. This can, however, be rectified by a simple basic discipline of starting the day with some basic agenda in place.

2) Carrying a chip on the shoulder

When you feel that you are more superior to others and as a result of this, don’t give an ear to others’ thoughts, ideas and work and don’t feel the importance of including others in your work because of the feeling of greatness, you are doing more harm to yourself than to anyone else.

Sometimes, some people only want to work in the so-called ‘juicy’ areas (read brand management, strategy, analysis etc.), which is commonly seen in the fresh joinees from premier institutes who have been led to believe that they are god’s gift to the organization. This is also nod good for one’s career.

3) Not making notes/ filing information

A large amount of time is wasted at the work place as well as in normal life as we don’t maintain notes or records. It has been observed that people in the corporate world, especially the new generation, do not make notes of conversations they had with clients or peers. This then becomes a vicious circle of trying to haphazardly retrieve information when required. Most of the time it becomes a Chinese whisper like game.

Similarly, a large amount of time goes waste in trying to retrieve information. Despite the tools available today, most of us seem to be losing on this count. Simple yet important things like relevant phone numbers or contact details of clients are lost or need to be searched. This causes immense loss of time and effort. As they say, information is the key and will always remain a powerful tool in the corporate world.

4) Mail game

Internet came as a revolution of sorts and paved the way for a communication revolution. The ease of communication was supposed to increase productivity, but a new habit of depending on the mails is hampering the cause.

A large chunk of people seem to be using mails to determine the work they need to do and is also following ‘if the inbox is empty, the work is done’ kind of philosophy. Experts point out that mails are to be treated as facilitators to the work we do, not the work we need to do.

5) Not being a team player

Just being intelligent and good at your tasks is hardly good enough to make a difference or grow in an organization. People who cannot work in teams can be uncooperative, will not able to adjust with fellow employees, will be loners and will probably also be first in line to be fired.

6) Not adapting to the office culture

Sometimes some employees find themselves unable to adjust to the working environment and start working the way they wish and without any proper order or mechanism. However, not being able to adapt to the culture of the workplace in turn brings dissatisfaction to everyone – including the employer, employees and others.

7) Lack of punctuality

Tardiness is widely regarded as an HR problem. This has taken a lot of research to prove and point why some people are always late. In a professional work environment, reaching late to office and even in interdepartmental meetings can cause enough damage to one’s career. A big irritant to many, this also impacts productivity.

8 ) Improper time management

In a usual workplace, a good number of people are always complaining of too much load on them. A fewer lot have a claim to be doing lesser work. And hence are free to leave on time. This is largely attributed to using scientifically set time management principles. Some people manage their time exceptionally well and hence are found suitable to take up higher positions. A poor time management skill is a habit that needs to be worked upon if one is looking up to rise up the ladder.

9) Loose talk

Contrary to a school of thought on how good and smooth talkers can rise up the ranks, it has been observed that people who indulge in gossip mongering and loose talk in an organization are the ones everyone is scared of and when it comes to the yearly appraisals and feedback, this breed is the one which gets lowest scores. So the only way to grow up the ranks is performance and good honest talk. Gossip mongering and loose talk doesn’t help

10) No sense of responsibility/ownership

When a person shuns away from his work and doesn’t feel responsible for his/her activities or refuses to take ownership of his acts and failures, this may hamper one’s growth in the long run. This is by far the worst of all bad habits that can mar many promising careers.

Source : Sanjeev Sinha, ECONOMICTIMES.COM

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