You work hard and you deserve to get a promotion. Or do you? CareerBuilder recently surveyed employers and found some particular red flags that will kill your shot of getting a promotion. In order of worst offenses to minor annoyances, here are things that will work against you if you’re trying to climb the ladder–and the pay scale–in the office.
1. Saying “That’s not my job.”
You really don’t sound like a team player when you do this. It’s one thing if your boss consistently takes advantage of you and expects you to do things far outside your skill set or job description, in which case, you need to have a talk. But if it’s a one-off favor in a dire straits-type situation, suck it up. It’ll pay off in the long run.
2. Being late all the time.
Look, stuff happens. We get it. But if stuff happens often, leave your apartment earlier.
3. Lying at work.
Honesty is the best policy. The second best policy is not getting caught. If you’re going to lie, do it well.
4. Taking credit for others’ work.
Not only won’t this get you a promotion, it will make your coworkers hate you. Because, well, it means you’re a jerk. No one likes jerks.
5. Leaving work early all the time.
If you have a set schedule, try sticking around til the rest of the staff starts packing, even if you finish up early. If you look like you’re in a hurry to get out all the time, your boss is going to start to wonder how much you really want to be at work at all.
6. Using company expenses a little too liberally.
Taking a client to lunch? No problem. Taking your best friend for brunch on a Sunday? That’s gonna raise some eyebrows in accounting.
Seriously, find another way to bond with your coworkers besides talking smack about one another behind everyone’s backs. You’re better than that. If someone tries sucking you in to a negative conversation, counter every bad comment with a compliment. They’ll get bored quickly, and you’ll get a better rap.
8. Not dressing professionally.
Listen, I hate pants, but even I know not to wear flip flops to an office.
Watch your f—ing language, lady. It’s not professional to call your boss a c—s—er, even if it’s technically true.
10. Being silent in meetings.
If you have nothing to contribute, what good are you? Harsh, but it’s how your boss is probably thinking.
11. Crying at work.
Remember this iconic scene in A League Of Their Own? Pretend “baseball” is “the office.” If you do feel waterworks coming on, excuse yourself to the restroom until you get it together.
12. Dating a coworker.
Oh, screw this one. If he’s hot and you’re both discreet, mature and professional (and not violating any HR rules), you do you.
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