If you answered “yes,” then sure, it could be that they’re generally disagreeable people. Or it could be you.
You may not realize it, but you could be engaging in workplace habits that make you look unprofessional.
While many of these habits violate the basic rules of common decency and respect, sometimes you need a reminder of how to behave at work. And since your office-mates aren’t speaking up, we decided to chime in on their behalf.
Here’s what you could be doing all wrong that makes you look unprofessional:
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“When we’re proud of an accomplishment or about something good that happens to us, it’s natural to want to share the news with others,” says Rosalinda Oropeza Randall, an etiquette and civility expert and author of “Don’t Burp in the Boardroom.”
But sharing can easily become bragging, and she says there are a few key indicators that this is happening:
• If you go on and on, telling everyone and anyone who walks by.
• If you speak of it in a loud tone so that even the window washer can hear it through the thick glass.
• If you use a tone of superiority.
• If you feel the need to put down others and point out their failures.
• If you fail to say “thank you” when you are congratulated.
• If you start embellishing the story.
“When in doubt, try a little humility” Randall suggests.
Showing up late to work
“Punctuality is critical,” Randall says.
“The professional thing to do is to arrive on time, ready to do what is expected. It’s not like they just sprung this job on you,” she says.
Rolling in 10 minutes late to every meeting
Similarly, showing up late to meetings shows that you neither respect your coworkers — who showed up on time, by the way — nor the meeting organizer, says Vicky Oliver, author of “301 Smart Answers to Tough Interview Questions” and “Power Sales Words.”
“Keeping people waiting can be construed as inconsiderate, rude, or arrogant,” Randall says.