We've all heard the phrase "actions speak louder than words" but how does that relate to your work habits? Whether you love your job or it's just a step along your path, you should want to be making the best impression on your coworkers and especially your boss. We've complied the most common workplace behaviors that could be standing between you and that big promotion.
According to District President of OfficeTeam, Brandi Britton, "No one wants to be known as a Negative Nancy. Employers look for positive workers, and good vibes tend to rub off on others. If you're constantly complaining, not only will your boss get annoyed, but you'll give him or her the impression you don't really want to be there."
Your Body Language
Britton commented, "Your boss and coworkers may be reading more into your body language than you realize. Some of your nonverbal cues, like a lack of eye contact or certain facial expressions might come off as being rude or unprofessional. Also, your posture and habitual movements can suggest boredom or impatience."
"Dressing badly, or inappropriately for your industry is also dangerous, since when you're in the office you represent something larger than yourself. You represent the company, and it's reputation, mission and financial potential" says career coach Carlota Zimmerman. Zimmerman described a friend who "looked like she had dressed for work in the dark. During a fire. Blindfolded. Meanwhile, the rest of the office looked like the Stepford Wives at a sorority career week. Immediately, I understood why my friend kept being denied promotions, and kept being relegated to the worst possible shifts."
"Keep your emotions in check and try not to lose your temper at work," says Britton. According to an OfficeTeam survey, 86% of employees said when a colleague doesn't control his or her emotions, it affects their perception of that person's level of professionalism.
Zimmerman described a previous position in network news where, "people would wander into the bureau late, with no idea of the day's news or the latest breaking news. If you're simply phoning it in, and are demonstrably more interested in who liked your Instagram than in knowing the ins and outs of the day's top stories, why exactly are you here? Work is already too stressful without people having to carry you."
Your Cell Phone
"Try to limit looking at your cell phone, especially in meetings or when engaged in conversations. It's impolite not to give your full attention to others. Plus, your boss probably won't like the fact that you seem to be more interested in texting or your social media feeds than working," says Britton.
Your Team Spirit
Britton expressed the importance of collaboration. "If you're busy with your own assignments, you can't be expected to volunteer to help on other projects, right? That's true to some degree, but it's a bad look if you never step outside of your traditional job description or assist team members. Employers value workers who are proactive and adaptable." Zimmerman adds, "That expression, 'It takes teamwork to make the dream work', may make you want to retch not-so-quietly, but cliches aside, it's all true. And part of being a team is being on-time, positive, focused, friendly, professional, imaginative, and determined."
Zimmerman commented, "Clients will come into the office, and if you're sitting at your filthy desk in dirty mom jeans, not only will the clients be turned off, and less likely to take you seriously as a collaborator, but your own office colleagues will probably not invite you to important meetings or to attend important industry conferences."
We've all been there, but Britton stresses, "You can get away with arriving late or leaving early on occasion, but doing so all the time may raise eyebrows. Your manager might question your dedication and work ethic."