- Don’t make promises you cannot keep.
- Don’t bruise the bosses’ ego.
- Don’t make it personal.
- Don’t worry about what other say/think.
- Stop fussing over inconsequential things.
- Don’t participate in office politics.
- Don’t be humble. Don’t boast.
- Shit happens. Don’t wait until it hits the fan before taking action.
- Stop blaming others for things that don’t work out.
- Don't take your frustration out on your subordinates.
- Stop keeping score.
- Don’t open your mouth unless you can back up your claims.
- Don’t be a complainer.
- Don’t give in to insecurities.
- Don’t get emotional.
- Don’t look for instant gratification.
- Don’t pay too much attention to what you hear on the grapevine.
- Don’t ever get too complacent or comfortable.
- Don’t let your job define you.
- Don’t burn bridges.
- Don’t foul mouth the company you work for.
- Watch out for the kind of impression you make.
- Leave your political and religious inclinations at home.
- Don’t take what is rightfully not yours.
- Finally, don’t be a perfectionist.
You may be eager to make an impression. But making promises that you cannot keep is not the way to go! Let your actions speak and not your words.
It doesn’t matter how cool or friendly your boss is. He is still you boss. So be careful of what you say, especially when in the company of other people.
Sometimes it may seem like your boss may be picking on you. More than likely, he is just stressed out and some of the frustration came out on you. Taking it personally will only hurt you and destroy your peace of mind.
You can’t always please everyone. No matter how well you do things there will always be someone who is unhappy with what you do. If you are constantly worried about what other will say/think about you, you will never get anywhere in your career.
Sometimes things get too hectic. There are too many things to do and too little time to do them in. Learn to classify what is important and what can be ignored, and stop worrying about things that do not matter.
Every office has some form of politics going on. Try and stay away from it. If you have to participate in office politics, at least make sure you cannot be scape-goated
When you have achieved a goal make sure your superiors know about your contribution to the project. Find a tactful way of doing this. Nobody likes a person that boasts too much.
If you are an average adult, you are likely to spend 40 to 50 years of your life in the workplace. If nothing else, then due to sheer probability you will see a couple of blowups. Make sure you respond in a timely fashion.
And when stuff turns sour don’t try to find someone to fix the blame on. A person who tries to fix the blame on others will definitely make a lot of enemies. And it’s a small world out there and things are bad enough without making too many enemies.
If you are a person in authority, then it is easy to take out your frustration on your subordinates. Don’t do it. An unhappy team is an unproductive team, and ultimately it reflects on your leadership.
Workplaces can get quite competitive. It is fine to have a healthy dose of competition to spur you along. But don’t make it all about keeping the score. Your little ego trips won’t get you anywhere when it comes to your career.
Nobody likes a person that disrupts order. So if you have a bone to pick, make sure you can substantiate your claims and have corroborating allies.
Not all work places are created equal. Some are a lot worse than others. You may have insufferable colleagues or bad working conditions. The only thing that can make it worse is griping about it. Don’t be the chronic complainer that everyone loves to hate.
All of us have our little insecurities. At a work place there is likely that some people are smarter than others, which could easily bring out some of the hidden insecurities. Acknowledge it, but instead of giving in to it, find a way to deal with it.
Emotional people make everyone around them nervous. Besides, nobody wants to promote an “unstable” person. So keep your emotions to yourself.
If you have been in the work force for long enough you probably know that there is no such a thing as instant gratification. Don’t take short cuts to satisfy a whim.
There will always be rumors. For instance, stories about job cuts are a way of life in the IT industry. Don’t pay too much attention to such rumors. It will only disturb your peace of mind.
Then again, don’t ever get complacent or too comfortable in your job. If the job cuts do happen and you are a casualty, it helps to stay at the cutting edge of technology.
Change is the way of life in today’s fast moving world. You need to be able to move along with changing winds. Don’t let your job define who you are.
If you do change your job, remember not to burn your bridges. A good network of contacts in influential positions will certainly come in handy some day or the other.
Be it while you are working for a company, or at an interview looking for a new job, don’t ever foul mouth your company. I never reflects well on a person who bites the hand that feeds him.
Your clothes, your body language, your speaking style – they all are part of your personality. Make sure your outward appearance and behavior is not sending the wrong signals and making a wrong impression.
Workplaces these days are very diverse. Not only do you have people from different backgrounds, you have people from different countries and different cultures. So to be on the safer side, leaver your political and religious inclinations at home.
That goes as much for credit for a job well done, as for office supplies! Don’t be cheap and try to grab what is not yours.
Yes, it is good to get things done, and get things done well. But if you are a perfectionist, you could get too bogged down on details and never get things done in time. In addition, if you let your perfectionism get out of control and start nit-picking on other people’s work, you will surely find a way to be surrounded by people who detest you. And that my friend, is not good for your career.