Are You Destroying Your Career?

We often do things in our professional life that seem harmless at the time but have huge consequences in the long run. Some of these mistakes are so big that we end up damaging our career permanently, with no way of putting things back on the right track. With the ongoing recession, the fear of becoming a victim of downsizing is getting greater and greater. No one feels completely safe with the sword of downsizing hanging over their heads and the competition has grown fierce. Under these circumstances, you can hardly afford to make a mistake at the workplace that could cost you your career. While it is true that we all make mistakes, the point is to minimize the number of mistakes in your professional life so that it does not affect your career permanently. Here are few of the common mistakes that might end up damaging your career permanently. If you are making any of the mistakes mentioned below, rectify them immediately to save your job and professional career.

Poor interpersonal skills

Your relationship with your coworkers, bosses and clients is of paramount importance in shaping out your career. No one wants to work with a difficult employee and people start avoiding coworkers who have an unpleasant attitude. Being difficult at work is the worst mistakes you can make. If you are unpleasant at work people will talk about your attitude and the bosses will also notice your attitude. Under the circumstances, if any of you colleagues or clients files a complaint regarding your behavior, you will be at high risk of being let go sooner than later.

Ineffective time management

Time management is the key to success in any work environment and if you are good at it you are bound to be a precious employee. However, being bad at time management could cost you your career. Not being able to meet the deadlines due to ineffective time management can be disastrous. If your boss asks for an update on your work or he asks you to bring in the project you are working on and it is incomplete, it leaves a bad mark on your credibility and shows that you lack the ability to finish the appointed work in the given time.

Unable to handle the pressure

The employers value those workers above all who are able to work well under pressure. As an asset to the company, you must be able to complete your work within time, meet all deadlines and stay calm while doing all this. If you panic while doing a project or start delegating too much work on others so that you don’t have to take much burden, you boss will notice sooner or later.

Considering yourself irreplaceable

When you start considering yourself indispensable, you are bound to make mistakes that will get you into trouble. While it is true that a hardworking and dedicated employee is valuable for the company, it does not mean that he is free from all vices. Everyone makes mistakes and everyone has flaws and weaknesses. When you become overconfident and start thinking that your company cannot function well without you, that’s when your downfall starts.

Lack of team spirit

Team spirit is one of the most important assets in an employee. In today’s corporate environment there is no room for going solo. You have to work in a team for the benefit of the company. An employee who lacks team spirit and retards the growth of other team members is seen as a liability to the company.

Making excuses

When the boss comes to you with an assignment at the end of the day and you make excuses just to get out of it, you are making yourself highly susceptible to being laid off.  Rest assured that your superiors are not fools and are able to distinguish between a real problem and a lame excuse. So keep your excuses to a minimum and do not try to use them as a tool to get out of assignments.

Blaming others

The worst thing you can do is to blame your failure on others and fail to take responsibility. If you make a mistake you should be able to accept that it was your fault and assure the bosses that something like this will never happen again. Picking up a fight with the coworkers or worse, the clients, can end up getting you into a lot of trouble.

Failing to deliver

When you fail to deliver the tasks that have been appointed to you, you are immediately tagged as incompetent. No one wants to keep an incompetent employee on the staff. You need to streamline your work so that you are able to meet all the deadlines and perform exceptionally well. Being unorganized hinders your delivering capabilities and puts you in danger of being let go.

Possessing obsolete skills

Not updating your skill set is the most common mistake that the employees are making nowadays. Everyday new technology and software is being introduced and every new batch of fresh employees is more adept to them than the ones before them. Under these circumstances if you are not updating your education and skills at regular intervals, you are leaving the spot open for those who are more in sync with the latest skills. You have to keep in mind that even after you finish college, you have to keep educating yourself, or else you will be left far behind others.

Not keeping track of accomplishments

The worst and the most serious of mistakes that you can make is not keeping track of your accomplishments, especially in today’s job environment. No matter how good your performance is and whatever you have achieved, it is going to be worth nothing if you cannot even remember what you have achieved.  When a company decides to lay off some of the employees, they interview the employees and ask them what their achievements have been. If you are unable to provide a solid list of achievements, you might as well be typing your own letter of dismissal.

Disrupting office discipline

While you may consider it trivial, office discipline is not something that can be taken lightly. Arriving late and leaving early on habitual basis is one of the million things that disrupt office behavior. Leaving your seat to chat with your colleagues several times a day makes you appear non-serious about your work and disturbs other people who are trying to concentrate. You need to show the managers that you are serious about your job and are productive for the company.

There is no guarantee that you will be able to avoid getting fired by following these suggestions, but there is a good chance that you might. In the long run, following these golden rules will ensure that you are promoting and building your career rather than ruining your professional life by being careless.

27 thoughts on “Are You Destroying Your Career?

  1. Not a bad article. But I disagree with the author’s notion of ‘permanent damage of career’; there is no such thing ‘permanent’ on earth. People always learn from their mistakes. One should focus more on ‘What I want’ rather than ‘What they demand’, it will help far more than the other way around.

  2. A comprehensive article, covering almost every sphere of professional life. It helped me a lot in extending my vision towards career formation.

  3. A worth reading article. And this will only work when people do not just read it but understand and implement it properly.

  4. A very informative and helpful article. But I have some reservations about the point “Not keeping track of accomplishment”.
    Actions speak louder than words, is probably the better approach as I have found it true in many cases.

  5. These are the key points helpful for anyone who wants to save his or her career. After reading this article, I have started to hope that these golden tips will help me in future to perform my tasks better. Thanks for posting this article.
    Jamshaid Ali

  6. It is very good and informative article, I agree these points can help employees to save their jobs. I feel that these points are very valuable as I have lost my recent job due the time management factor and handling of pressure work environment as discussed in the article. I hope these golden points will help me out in future. Thank You for posting this article.
    M.Shoaib Anwer

  7. A very informative and comprehensive article and I think that all the job holders should keep all these rules and tips in their minds for success in their professional life.Thanks a lot ROZEE.PK

  8. Nice article and I think back bitting should also be include as an one of the major mistakes that destroy ones career

  9. This is really a very good article. By acting upon on above suggestions, we can minimize chance of failure in our professional life.

    Actions speak louder than words so just concentrate on your work and try to do best. Be positive. Every body will love you.

  10. Your points are really admirable but office managers need to handle employees as a resource not like junk. Secondly, most organizations expect marvelous results from newly recruited employee without providing them with the proper job orientation and training. Thirdly, most of the bosses think of themselves as gods and intentionally let the employees worship them. Fourth, most of the offices are following older ways of administrating work. They require betterment in their structure.

  11. A good article, a must read for those “learning ropes” Although it makes good reading althroughout but the last three captions are the most important. Keeping track of your accomplishments is the tipping point as they say, and is something that is hardly done by even best of the employees.

  12. Like the nick says, most employers in this country are not ready for good employees. All that the author has pointed out is for an environment alien to most employers here. An employee is only precious if he/she knows only two word: “Yes, Sir!”, and uses it every time the boss says something

  13. Very good and informative article, although people have a general idea about few of these points but it good for an employee to have a clear cut perspective on these points.

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