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5 Effective Habits for the Workplace

Do your job and do it well. Of course, that’s going to make a good impression on the boss and give you a boost up the corporate ladder. There are a number of other smaller, but no less important, things that you can do daily to improve your credibility at work. The following are a few easy to implement ideas I have observed over the years.

Career Booster: Be On Time

This sounds like a no-brainer, but think about it. How many times have you been late for work? Do you consistently sneak in just under the 8 or 9 o’clock deadline? Being late for work indicates a general lack of concern for your job, your workplace, and your co-workers. It also tells your boss a few other things about you.

Employees who are late may be less organized, unmotivated, or careless. Keep that in mind the next time you are tempted to reach over and hit snooze.

Career Booster: Watch Your Language

Using proper grammar at work communicates to your boss that you take your job seriously. You are a professional. Poor grammar always reflects poorly on the person using it. If grammar is your weakness, then consider signing up for an adult education grammar class or find one online. It will do wonders for both your verbal and written communication on the job.

There is another sense in which you should watch your language. Unfortunately, even management level employees let this one get away from them sometimes. It is the use of profanity on the job. Not only should you not subject your co-workers to loose jargon or off-color comments out of courtesy, but vulgarity on the job may make you seem ignorant. It is also another means by which your employer can judge how professionally you consider your career.

Career Booster: Be Positive

This is really another reminder to watch your language. It is easy to become negative or be labeled as a complainer or whiner. None of these will do much for your career. Instead of looking at problems, try to find and suggest solutions. Don’t see the glass as half empty. Find a way to see it as half full. Then, come up with ideas to fill it up. In the process, encourage others to enjoy the benefits of their job, rather than wallowing in the if-only’s.

Career Booster: Get Organized

I have heard many employees defend their lack of organization as a mark of their personal style. It’s a nasty mark. No one, including your boss, wants to work with someone whose desk is scattered, covered, and smothered. It is a sign of inefficiency and probably already costs you time on important projects. If you keep your desk organized and files in place you can quickly and easily access information or data the next time a co-worker or your boss asks.

Career Booster: Be Aware

This is another simple, yet often overlooked habit that can help or hurt your career. Be aware of your surroundings, your office culture, your boss’s expectations, even your co-workers expectations. It will help you avoid conflict and work more efficiently.

You should also pay attention to your body language and what it says about who you are as a professional. If you remain aloof and detached, others may perceive that you are not interested. Engage in work-related conversations. Be the first to extend a hand for a handshake. Project an air of polite professionalism.

Incorporate these simple tips into your daily work routine. You’ll find they’ll give your career and attitude a boost.

Wendy Dawn is a freelance writer in Georgia. She has worked for over 30 years in a professional environment as both an employee, supervisor, and manager.