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Top Bad Work Habits to Avoid

Top Bad Work Habits to Avoid

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General Technology Enterprise IT Tech Products Startups Finance Business CareerFriday, 28 May 2010, 03:55 HrsTwitterFacebookShareComments(14)PrintEmail
Top 10 work habits that people must try to avoid
siliconindia news bureau
Bangalore: The world over, various research are being carried outby trainers and experts to enhance work efficiency and productivityof the workforce. Many methods have been implemented acrossorganizations, with a lot of cost incurred, to improve productivity atwork. While some employee habits are not as detrimental, theothers may cause the people caught in the act face adverseconsequences, reports Sanjeev Sinha of The Economic Times.To better the prospects of theemployees in the workplace,here is a list of undesirable workhabits that hinder productivityand so one must always attemptto avoid them:1] Poor planningPeople come to work every daywith no proper agenda in place,in terms of what work they wantto do in the day. They have nogoals set to achieve. "Lack of planning of the day at work or atthe job is one of the most'non-productive' habits at the workplace. This can, however, berectified by a simple basic discipline of starting the day with somebasic agenda in place," says Alok Bansal, CEO, Alethia EducationServices.2] Superiority complexIf you feel you're better at your work than others, then you are infor some serious problem. If you don't pay any heed to what othershave to say and don't give any regard to the view points of yourcolleagues; it causes more crisis to you in the long run than anyoneelse.3] Not maintaining notesA lot of time is wasted in looking for information that has not beennoted or properly recorded. It is a common trend nowadays thatpeople don't make notes of conversations with clients or peers."Despite the tools available today, most of us seem to be losing onthis count. Simple yet important things like relevant phone numbers or contact details of clients are lost or need to be searched. This causes immense loss of time and effort. As theysay, information is the key and will always remain a powerful tool in the corporate world,"adds Bansal.4] Dependency on mailsA majority of people are dependent on their mails to find out what work is to be done. TheMost read Most commented
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Report abusephilosophy of 'if the inbox is empty, the work is done' is followed which is not setting a propertrend.5] Not being a team workerIt is not enough that one is good at his work. One should cooperate with his team mates sothat work gets done effectively. If you have adjustment problems with the team you areworking with, then work does not get done efficiently.6] Not able to fit in your workplaceNot getting acclimatized to your work environment and adapting to the ethics of workplacecreates a troubled surrounding to work at and dissatisfied workers.7] UnpunctualityConsidered an HR problem, tardiness is a topic on which a lot of research has been put in.Reaching late to one's work and meetings can jeopardize one's career and also impactproductivity.8] Poor time managementIt is a common occurrence in workplaces that while some people constantly crib about morework pressure, few others claim of less work. In this regard, Bansal says that if one is lookingto rise up the ladder, one has to manage time well.9] Gossips and loose talkGossip mongers in any organization are at best avoided. Yearly appraisals have shown thisgroup to get the lowest scores. So loose talks do not help anyone grow rather performancedoes.10] No sense of responsibility/ownershipIf you are not responsible for your activities or don't own up your mistakes, this will endangeryour career in the time to come.
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If an individual follows all the above points & does well, politics creep in & his career is cutshort. Somebody else takes the credit for all the good things done but for bad things theindividual gets hauled up. It is a typical Indian mentality. How do you overcome this?Posted by: Sesha
- 31 May, 2010
You people Christie Fox and dennis dont have any other work other thtn finding faults withIndians and silicon india. This shows how stupid you are. Stop all your non sense and behavedecently on such professional sites. dont talk rubbishPosted by: RSD
- 29 May, 2010
i fully agreemandeep replied to: RSDpost
- 29 May, 2010
I agree with all points without Point 5. All super invention/discover/performance has beendone by individual, not by team work. The team work creat too much friendship betweenemployees without company interest. A Team work without Businessrules is for nothing. How
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Report abusemany company (in%) has business rules?Posted by: S.R
- 29 May, 2010
These points are no new science nor new revelations. Sort of like telling a high schooler toconcentrate on studies, do home work on time & prepare well for exams.Great management does not lead through pontification or sermons. True leadership is settingexample, loft goals, being open and transparent, and setting lofty goals that inspire individualsto go beyond oneself and contribute to a greater common good. I wonder how many managerswould measure up to these ideals, especially in the face of a a financial or corporate adversity.Most senior managers and execs are the first to drop their parachutes when the headwinds areturbulent. Why expect anything better from those who are serving them. "yathaa rajaa tathaaprajaa"Posted by: harit124
- 28 May, 2010
1) Wage employees do not need a plan for the day. Salaried employees if they are workingon a project should have listed their agenda at the start of the project, not daily.2) meetings are held and employees report their progress. It is group think and never aboutthe individual as the project is what needs to be accomplished.3) too much time on the internet in messages and emails leads one to believe that everycustomer who calls in is a friend. this familiarity breeds not taking notes. Correct note taking isanother thing in that when people are lax that means they do not care about their job. Here inthe USA calls are recorded and someone from Human Resourses asses them and if the properinformation is not taken from the customer then the employee is fired.4) I never heard of jobs being doled out by email.5) cooperation and teamwork are two different things. And if an employee has an adjustmentproblem then that job is not for them and they should be let go.6) new employees have three months to get acclimated to their work environment and if theycan not adjust or adapt then they are let go. Lateness to a meeting for a careered professionalis not tolerated in the USA either. usually they look for a replacement and at the last minutewill give notice to the employee that they are gone.7) lateness to work or return from lunch is not tolerated in the USA.Why on earth would time and money be spent on researching this, ever?8) since the economy is poor there are no longer promotions. Time management andcomplaining about little work is not the same thing. Companies used to send their employeesto seminars for time management and stress. Perhaps companies again need to take this up asa requirement for their employees.It used to be if people have little work to do on the job they would ask their superior foradditional work to do.9) In the USA no one is allowed to congregate during work hours or at the company. They can,however, go to lunch together or after work dinner together. Usually the managers stucktogether, the supervisors stuck together, the professionals stuck together, and the hourlywage earners stuck together, there was never any mixing. Should fraterinization occur thoseinvolved would be given notice and after a few notices on their critique Human Resourcesmanager would fire them.10) The manager or supervisor is always responsible for ALL mistakes because they should bedoing the proofing of their understudies. If a manager or supervisor or vice president orwhomever is above the worker continues to make mistakes then they are fired.Why does siliconindia.com hate good grammar in correspondence? I am NOT using thegrammatical marks they say I am. You guys never heard of a semicolon or a contraction?Posted by: Christie Fox
- 28 May, 2010
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