Before you know it, 2018 will be here. Here’s what not to do at work in the new year.
Being a know-it-all coworker
Blah, blah, blah… we get it already, you know-it-all!
You may think that you’re right again, but it might just be that people fear challenging your viewpoints because it’s always your way or the highway when collaborating on team projects.
So give someone else the floor for a change, and resist the urge to name drop your industry connections during every chance you get — you’ll look just as insecure as you probably feel.
Ruining other people’s days
Science says that witnessing rudeness at the beginning of the day can ruin the rest of it, but that doesn’t give you a free pass to take it out on others.
So the next time you want to complain to the person in the cubicle next to you about how you didn’t get what you want (yet again), remind yourself that it’s a part of life and find a healthier outlet to let out your frustration.
Go for a walk. Hydrate. Make a brief phone call in private if you need to reach out to someone outside of work. Hit the gym later.
But if someone is bringing your mood down at work, back up — don’t verbally “lose it.”
Failing to put yourself out there — even if you don’t succeed
You just might have nothing to lose.
Monster Contributing Writer Megan Malugani writes about how you shouldn’t be “blending into the woodwork” in the new year.
“Even if you’ve always had a hard time speaking up in meetings or expressing your opinion to your boss, it’s never too late to start putting in your two cents. Pick one work-related issue that is close to your heart and that you’re knowledgeable about. Contribute a few comments on this issue during a meeting — you may be surprised at how seriously people take the input of someone who speaks sparingly!” she writes.
You might not get the reception you wanted, but you can’t say you didn’t try.
Wasting people’s time
So you like to chat… a lot.
You’re starting to realize that people dodge you because of how much you waste their time in the office.
Note to self: While engaging with others can help you build bonds with your coworkers, maintain a healthy balance by paying attention to when it’s ok to briefly catch up at the water cooler, and when it’s better to attack that huge stack of files on your desk.
USING JARRING EMAIL SUBJECT LINES
This threw you off, didn’t it? I thought so — all those capital letters are literally screaming on your screen right now.
So unless it’s a dire emergency, in which case you should probably pick up the phone, don’t do this to someone else if you expect them to respond cordially online.
Other email subject line practices to avoid: using one word only, too many exclamation points, and more.
You can set yourself up for success in 2018 by cutting out these behaviors.