Habits range from big to small. Healthy to harmful. From biting our nails and grinding our teeth to something a little more indulgent, we all have them. But are your bad habits affecting your professionalism in at work?
Below is a list of things that a professional woman who wants to get ahead and succeed in her career never does in the workplace.
She Never Ignores an Inquiry
She Never Shows Up Unprepared
Look, I know “Manic Pixie Dream Girls” are adorable, but being flighty and “fly by the seat of your pants” at work isn’t endearing, it’s distracting. When you’re meeting with your fellow coworkers or a potential new client, you should have a plan of action in place, complete with deliverables. Showing up to a meeting unprepared is a lack of respect for the other person’s time and it’s pretty blatant.
She’s Not Tethered to Her Electronic Devices
It’s hard to find someone who isn’t addicted to their phone these days, but you need to know when to put the device down. For the sake of your career, I urge you to take this one seriously. The issue for most people is that the line between reality and digital is blurred; in fact, they’re pretty much one in the same. So it can be difficult to disconnect. Instagram can wait until after your meeting. Keep the phone in your bag unless you actually need it for the conversation.
She Doesn’t Refuse to Hop on the Phone for a Business Call
She Doesn’t Talk Shit About Other People
It’s fairly easy to slip into any of these bad habits when you’re grinding in the workplace. However, I urge you to pay attention to your demeanor, actions and attitude and do everything you can to portray the confident, professional person you really are.
Adapted from this post originally published in 2018.