I recently came across a very “click bait-y” Fortune headline titled “3 Things You Should Never Do At Work”, and I must admit, I took the bait!
What I found, I’m glad to say, was true-to-life insight on unprofessional behaviors that indeed impact workflow and workplace efficiency and morale.
The piece’s writer, Kris Duggan, does a nice job of going beyond the all-too-standard listing of negatives by providing real statistics and thoughts on why these behaviors matter.
- Refusal to Collaborate. Per the article: “The average worker spends an estimated 20% of their work week looking for internal information or tracking down colleagues who can help with specific tasks. When employees don’t support their peers, work bottlenecks and everyone loses.”
- Clamming Up. Per the article: “Even if you’re in a job that doesn’t require daily face-to-face meetings, a true professional will communicate to his or her manager where they’re facing roadblocks and seek advice.
- Failure To Respect Others’ Time. Per the article: “Every unnecessary or poorly planned meeting that takes place is a true waste of bandwidth for highly talented employees.”
Read the whole article and let me know how you’ve experienced these three behaviors yourself, or in past or present coworkers!