According to a recent survey, the top unprofessional habits are:
- Being late to work which could cause a domino effect in the office. Staff may have to fill in until the person arrives. You might take a moment to ask the person why they are finding it difficult to be on time. Perhaps they have to drop off their spouse before coming to work or their children to school. Discuss with the individual how them being late affects other staff members.
- Watching the clock and packing up to leave early or right on time.
- Being critical and negative about everything especially any changes. Some individuals will not be so negative or critical if they understand why something has to change.
- Being a slob such as leaving their coffee cup in the sink with some coffee still in it. Many offices post a note, to put coffee cups in the dishwasher.
- Reading or texting on your phone during a meeting or conversation. Everyone's time is important and valuable. We need to put down the phones and actively engage in conversation with our colleagues. Chick-fil-A came up with a brilliant solution for family time. They have boxes for families to put their phones in while they eat. Businesses should follow suit during meetings.
Adapt your work habits to the company culture, the personality of the company. Company culture includes core values and expectations set forth.