The Six Most Annoying Work Habits That Can Get You Fired
People do annoying things all the time at work, and it usually doesn't get them fired. But you definitely want to avoid doing the things on this list. Here are the top six annoying things people do at work.
1. Using the Speakerphone When You Dial.
If you hit speakerphone, punch in the number, wait to hear a dial tone, THEN pick it up and start talking . . . don't be surprised if your co-workers hate you. Listening to it 20 times a day, five days a week is almost like torture. So unless you're in a private room or on a group call, there's no reason to use the speakerphone at work. And talking too loud on the phone in general is another thing people in offices complain about the most.
2. Checking Your Phone During a Meeting.
Even if you're waiting on an important work email, your boss doesn't know that. It just looks like you're not paying attention. So don't do it. But if it's something so important that you HAVE to check on it, just make sure you talk to your boss before the meeting starts, and explain what's up.
3. Not Responding to Emails in a Timely Fashion.
If you have to deal with 50 or 100 emails every day, you might not have time to respond to every single one in detail. But at least reply and let the person know you're on it. Otherwise, they'll get annoyed and think you forgot, or you're blowing them off. Either way, it makes you look unprofessional.
4. Always Complaining About How Busy You Are.
Chances are, EVERYONE is busy. So you just look like a whiner. Plus, it might make your boss think you can't handle a bigger workload. In other words, it might cost you a promotion.
5. Talking Yourself Up.
Don't talk about your accomplishments in a meeting, or in a room with a bunch of co-workers. It'll make them resent you and think you're a brown-noser. You do have to promote yourself if you want a promotion, but it's better if you're subtle about it when you're in a one-on-one conversation with your boss. Not when everyone else is there.
6. Not Cleaning Up After Yourself.
After you use the kitchen, don't leave dirty dishes in the sink, or old food in the fridge. You might get away with a dirty coffee cup once or twice. But if the food in the fridge has your NAME on it, the person who ends up throwing it away will remember you as the lazy slob in the office. That person might be clean-up staff . . . or it might be your boss.