We compiled a list of 12 things we do at work without noticing that they bring more challenges than benefits.
1. You reply to all emails at once
It shows that you’re connected, ready to act, you’re an email machine. isn’t it? Prompt responses can be a plus, especially if you’re responding to your boss’s letter. But if in a hurry you forgot to attach an attachment or put an incorrect/unnecessary address when responding to a request, you look disorganized and can actually slow down the work. A quick answer is only useful if it is correct and appropriate.
Sometimes it’s best to wait and think things through until you can respond in full.
2. You are in touch 24/7
Answering emails or calls at any time of the day can show you as an effective and dedicated employee. But this is a false feeling. Your colleagues and management may get used to this condition of yours, and eventually begin to demand that you respond to their nightly inquiries or comment on inferences. The more you work, the more work you get.
Being in touch 24/7 is simply dangerous to your health.
Don’t do this.
Of course, if your profession involves frequent emergency situations, you will not be able to get rid of this. But if you are engaged in a business that involves a standardized working day, stop working around the clock, track your work hours.
3. You spend your free time with colleagues.
It’s great to have a team that you work with and communicate with. But in a large company, it is important to look for contacts with other departments. If you’re in marketing, make friends and find mentors in HUMAN resources or in the operations department. This will broaden your prospects and allow you to learn about new opportunities for projects, development and career advancement in the company.
Get out of your comfort zone, meet new people in a corporate café or in the process of working on cross-functional projects!
4. You avoid difficult people
We strive to avoid people with whom we are not comfortable. This works well on the playground, but not in the office. We all like to spend time with people who are pleasant for us, but most of all we can learn from those who have different opinions and views from us. Don’t be afraid to hang out with people who may seem a little harsh and have different points of view. These are people who challenge us, who make us better.
If you want to advance in your career, you will have to work with a lot of different people. Gain experience!
5. You dress like everyone else
Clothing isn’t everything. But if you aspire to rise in a position or take a leadership position, it will be easier for the boss to introduce you to this position if you look like you already occupy it. It’s also a great way to stand out from colleagues.
But stand out with corporate principles in mind, with a sense of proportion and tact. If you work for a law firm, chances are you’ll look more conservative than your friend who works for a design agency.
6. You never ask for help
Going it alone is a sign of strength. faithfully? But sometimes it’s helpful to ask others for help. This can not only give a new perspective, but also help others feel like participants in your project. If any of your colleagues have a trained eye on the presentation, ask them to review yours before presenting it to the boss. Most people like to be asked to contribute.
Note: Be wary of asking for help if you’re not ready to accept it. Colleagues will quickly understand this and think about it next time before helping you.
7. You allow the best to be the enemy of the good
The 80/20 rule states that 20% of effort yields 80% of the results. Determine how much of your effort is 20% and how much of the results are 80%! Economists call this a declining profit margin, which means you can put in a lot of effort but get very modest results.
Sometimes it’s better to do something quickly and well than to spend three times as much effort to do it perfectly.
8. You try to be good at everything
Everyone has flaws! And if you’re one of those superhumans who’s good at almost everything, remember one thing: Even if you can do it, it doesn’t mean you have to do it. Instead of loving what you know how to do, be well versed in what you love. Show competence in solving complex administrative issues, and people will come to you for conflict resolution. If you like that, great. But if you do not want to solve someone’s conflicts, try not to focus on your skill.
Instead, demonstrate your copywriting skills (because you love to write) or people skills (because you dream of moving into hr).
9. You live to complete your to-do list
Having a to-do list is wonderful. If this list implies not just urgent, but important items. Focus on fighting the fire and you will always be in fire mode. List tasks (usually project or strategic work) that won’t collapse if you can’t do them today. The paradox is that these tasks will never become urgent and you, in principle, may not solve them at all. And most often these are the tasks that will not affect your productivity and development in any way.
Another point is to get to know yourself. Every person has a time of day when they are more or less productive, when they are patient and impatient, when they are focused and hovering in the clouds. Plan with your productivity cycles in mind.
10. You’re Afraid of Failing
We all love to succeed. We may be tempted to stay in a safe zone where we are confident of success. But real victories happen when we take risks. The best managers and executives are aware of this and will support you in setting challenging goals and developing new directions. And when you fail (which happens to everyone from time to time), be prepared to withstand the blow.
We get much more from failures than from winnings. Therefore, it is necessary to treat every failure as a valuable source of knowledge.
11. You Don’t Know Your Value Proposition
Determine how you create value in your workplace. Perhaps you helped different people achieve a common goal, or wrote a letter that made a breakthrough in the project, or supported the morale of the team during a difficult period. Write down what you do better than anyone else in the office. Then determine which of these brings the greatest benefit to the company.
This will help you understand how much you’re worth from the company’s perspective (very useful when talking about a pay raise) and what you can expect in the long run.
12. You’re waiting to be told what to do
Take the initiative. Companies are based on creativity and strategic thinking. If you do what you always do, you will get what you have always received.
If you know how to improve the project, talk about it, just choose the right time. You can say this right at the meeting, or you can talk in person with the supervisor later. It all depends on the culture of the company and the formality of the meeting.