Things You Should Never Do on the Job

By Dennis McCafferty
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It doesn't matter if you're the new kid on the block or a seasoned veteran at your organization; everybody makes mistakes at some points during their career. Such mistakes are forgivable—assuming they don't result in a disaster that costs the company a fortune. What's not so easily excused, however, is displaying a repeated pattern of undesirable or boorish behavior that negatively affects your colleagues, managers and customers. That's why we're presenting the following list of things you should never do on the job. Some of these no-no's demonstrate a lack of professional awareness, while others convey serious attitude issues. And e-etiquette comes into play in a few of these areas. A number of these observations may come as news to you, while others will likely serve as refreshers. But everyone—regardless of experience or job title—can use reminders every now and then. These guidelines are based on research from selected advice and career sites, including Buzzle.com and CareerBuilder.com.

This article was originally published on 2013-09-12
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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