8 Work Habits That Will Kill Your Career – On Careers (usnews.com)

8 Work Habits That Will Kill Your Career – On Careers (usnews.com).

This is a good list and whether or not these things will kill your career outright, they have the potential to hurt it.

1. Not promoting your own work.   I would expand this to include, what it takes to get that one figure or table that someone has requested.  When it takes a lot more work than it appears, it isn’t blowing your own horn but giving context and perspective up the line.

2. Getting defensive.  “Many people simply give up on having meaningful interactions with defensive people, so your co-workers may avoid you, and your manager may stop telling you how you can improve.”

This can include appearing to be defensive when you think that you are just trying to do your job to support the work that you and your team have done. I have struggled most when I think unfair/unfounded assumptions are behind a critique.  First job, acknowledge the comments that are made, try to understand where they are coming from, and then respond in as measured a way as you can.  Still working on this myself.

3. Making rash decisions.

To my mind, this applies right down to the lowly email.  When possible take a walk or sleep on it before you hit send.  Better yet, pick up the phone and talk it through.  Also, try to figure out if you are best placed to make a key decision given your current state of fatigue, stress etc.  This is a deterrent for making some rash decisions. Lastly, try to figure out if you really need to make a decision on something as quickly as you feel you must – often times you really can wait a bit and make a better decision.

4. Not being assertive. “If you believe a decision is wrong, or a project is headed for disaster, or that you deserve a raise, good managers will want you to speak up. There’s a difference between being assertive and being obnoxiously pushy, of course, but voicing your opinions in a professional way is key to professional success.”

5. Being too negative.

6. Lying. “If you get caught in a lie—even if it’s small or if it can’t be proven—you’ll destroy your credibility, and that’s something you can never get back.”

7. Being chronically disorganized. “People pay attention to whether you do what you say you’re going to do… if you don’t, they conclude that you can’t be counted on to keep your word.”

8. Not learning new technology.


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