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Employee Behaviors That Irritate Bosses the Most

Although no one’s perfect, that fact is regularly on display in offices every day. Either we forget to turn our projects in on time -- or we fail to attend an important meeting where new office rules and procedures were going to be explained to us. Unfortunately, according to a recent Inc.com article, you may not be told what’s most irritating, until you’ve been let go.

The following list includes some of the behaviors that are likely to get a worker in trouble the fastest – or possibly lead to much more serious repercussions.

Habits and Behaviors That Have to Be Broken In Order to Hold On To Your Job

  • Claiming you fully understand how to handle a project (or use certain skills) when that’s simply not the case. While some people regularly lie on their resumes, others take that type of behavior straight into the workplace and assume they’ll never be caught. In a nutshell, you should never claim to have software or people management skills you don’t have because that’s not only dishonest – you may wind up costing your employer valuable clients or employees;
  • Refusing to learn new skills, work with a new set of co-workers -- or otherwise adapt to important changes in the workplace. Employers have a right to expect all or most workers to be willing to grow and learn new skills. Workers can seriously jeopardize their job security if they ever refuse to learn new skills or interact with new coworkers. This type of rigidity can also signal that you simply don’t have the quality of interpersonal skills required to interact with the company’s most important customers. If you’re simply insecure about learning how to do new things, ask a coworker or friend to help teach you specific skills  -- or ask human resources if they can provide you with a software training program to strengthen your current skills;
  • Claiming that you’ve finished a project when you know it may still take many hours to complete. This is a truly bad habit and not a very savvy one. Chances are you’ll never stop trying to pull this stunt until your boss asks for a copy of the completed project -- while handing you more files tied to another project (based on the prior one) that’s due within the next hour;
  • Constantly complaining. No one likes listening to a “whiner” while trying to meet their own deadlines. Chances are that if you have a reputation for whining, you also often run late and miss your deadlines. If you can find a way to only share your thoughts when you have something positive to share, chances are you’ll start receiving more favorable treatment from your supervisors and others.

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Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia