Everyone's office has that one person who just doesn’t seem to play nicely with others.
Most of us worry about making big blunders at work, but it’s often subtle habits or behaviours that are the most damaging to our reputations. Some people learn the hard way and others never quite get the lesson. It’s a topic several LinkedIn Influencers weighed in on this week. Here is what two of them had to say.
Dr Travis Bradberry, President at TalentSmart
“No matter how talented you are or what you’ve accomplished, there are certain behaviours that instantly change the way people see you and forever cast you in a negative light,” wrote Bradberry in his post The 9 Worst Mistakes You Can Ever Make at Work.
What are those mistakes? And what’s so awful about them? Among them:
“Backstabbing. The name says it all. Stabbing your colleagues in the back, intentionally or otherwise, is a huge source of strife in the workplace,” wrote Bradberry. “One of the most frequent forms of backstabbing is going over someone’s head to solve a problem. People typically do this in an attempt to avoid conflict, but they end up creating even more conflict as soon as the victim feels the blade.”
“Gossiping. People make themselves look terrible when they get carried away with gossiping about other people,” he wrote. “Wallowing in talk of other people’s misdeeds or misfortunes may end up hurting their feelings if the gossip finds its way to them, but gossiping will make you look negative and spiteful every time, guaranteed.”
“Announcing that you hate your job. The last thing anyone wants to hear at work is someone complaining about how much they hate their job. Doing so labels you as a negative person and brings down the morale of the group,” Bradberry wrote. “Bosses are quick to catch on to naysayers who drag down morale, and they know that there are always enthusiastic replacements waiting just around the corner.”