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Mistakes to avoid in the workplace 01 August 2017
Johannesburg

5 Mistakes You Need To Avoid At Work

Posted In: Career & Business | Tips

It’s easy to take things light in life and especially at work, but some mistakes are too expensive as they can cost you that promotion or even your job

Nothing beats the feeling of doing what you love and getting paid for it. But with job scarcity in the country most young people do resort to taking any job opportunity that pays the bills at the end of the month. Whatever the reason going to work should fulfil you or be your stepping stone towards achieving your ultimate goals in life. As I always preach, life is a journey and not a race. You don’t need to sprint your way to success as you are bound to make unnecessary mistakes along the way. Whether you are slaying your first job or are a seasoned career person, there are mistakes you should avoid making at all costs. These include:

Overworking yourself: Working hard does not mean you shouldn’t take good care of yourself. You are not a machine, even those need services to perform well. Always give your work your best, but not at the expense of your health, happiness, family and even your social life.

Not asking questions: There is nothing wrong with not knowing everything. This is the reason you have a team in your department to help you wherever they can. Rather ask for clarification and do your job well than mess things up.

Overstepping your boundaries: There is a tendency for people to mix business with personal feelings. Most colleagues even go out of their way to make other people’s lives a living hell, or causing them to lose their jobs. It takes a long time to earn people’s respect, don’t shoot yourself on the foot by overstepping your boundaries.

Saying yes to everything: You may want to be someone your team relies on but don’t do it at the expense of your own work. Don’t make promises you can’t keep or take on workload you can’t complete as that could earn you bad points.

Complaining about everything and everyone: Be careful what comes out of your month as you might not know who is listening. There’s always something to complain about in the workplace, but unless it affects the quality of your work and always falls on deaf ears when you voice out your concerns to management, rather focus on the one thing you love about your job until you find bigger and better opportunities elsewhere.

What other mistakes have you learned from in your workplace? We’d love to hear in the comments below

 

 

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