Top 10 work habits that people must try to avoid

By SiliconIndia  |   Friday, 28 May 2010, 10:55 Hrs   |    13 Comments
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Top 10 work habits that people must try to avoid
Bangalore: The world over, various research are being carried out by trainers and experts to enhance work efficiency and productivity of the workforce. Many methods have been implemented across organizations, with a lot of cost incurred, to improve productivity at work. While some employee habits are not as detrimental, the others may cause the people caught in the act face adverse consequences, reports Sanjeev Sinha of The Economic Times.

To better the prospects of the employees in the workplace, here is a list of undesirable work habits that hinder productivity and so one must always attempt to avoid them:

1] Poor planning
People come to work every day with no proper agenda in place, in terms of what work they want to do in the day. They have no goals set to achieve. "Lack of planning of the day at work or at the job is one of the most 'non-productive' habits at the workplace. This can, however, be rectified by a simple basic discipline of starting the day with some basic agenda in place," says Alok Bansal, CEO, Alethia Education Services.

2] Superiority complex
If you feel you're better at your work than others, then you are in for some serious problem. If you don't pay any heed to what others have to say and don't give any regard to the view points of your colleagues; it causes more crisis to you in the long run than anyone else.

3] Not maintaining notes
A lot of time is wasted in looking for information that has not been noted or properly recorded. It is a common trend nowadays that people don't make notes of conversations with clients or peers. "Despite the tools available today, most of us seem to be losing on this 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 they say, information is the key and will always remain a powerful tool in the corporate world," adds Bansal.

4] Dependency on mails
A majority of people are dependent on their mails to find out what work is to be done. The philosophy of 'if the inbox is empty, the work is done' is followed which is not setting a proper trend.

5] Not being a team worker
It is not enough that one is good at his work. One should cooperate with his team mates so that work gets done effectively. If you have adjustment problems with the team you are working with, then work does not get done efficiently.

6] Not able to fit in your workplace
Not getting acclimatized to your work environment and adapting to the ethics of workplace creates a troubled surrounding to work at and dissatisfied workers.

7] Unpunctuality
Considered 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 impact productivity.

8] Poor time management
It is a common occurrence in workplaces that while some people constantly crib about more work pressure, few others claim of less work. In this regard, Bansal says that if one is looking to rise up the ladder, one has to manage time well.

9] Gossips and loose talk
Gossip mongers in any organization are at best avoided. Yearly appraisals have shown this group to get the lowest scores. So loose talks do not help anyone grow rather performance does.

10] No sense of responsibility/ownership
If you are not responsible for your activities or don't own up your mistakes, this will endanger your career in the time to come.

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Reader's comments(13)
1: If an individual follows all the above points & does well, politics creep in & his career is cut short. Somebody else takes the credit for all the good things done but for bad things the individual gets hauled up. It is a typical Indian mentality. How do you overcome this?
Posted by:Sesha - 31 May, 2010
2: You people Christie Fox and dennis dont have any other work other thtn finding faults with Indians and silicon india. This shows how stupid you are. Stop all your non sense and behave decently on such professional sites. dont talk rubbish
Posted by:RSD - 29 May, 2010
i fully agree
mandeep Replied to: RSD - 29 May, 2010
4: I agree with all points without Point 5. All super invention/discover/performance has been done by individual, not by team work. The team work creat too much friendship between employees without company interest. A Team work without Businessrules is for nothing. How many company (in%) has business rules?
Posted by:S.R - 29 May, 2010
5: These points are no new science nor new revelations. Sort of like telling a high schooler to concentrate on studies, do home work on time & prepare well for exams.

Great management does not lead through pontification or sermons. True leadership is setting example, loft goals, being open and transparent, and setting lofty goals that inspire individuals to go beyond oneself and contribute to a greater common good. I wonder how many managers would 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 are turbulent. Why expect anything better from those who are serving them. "yathaa rajaa tathaa prajaa"
Posted by:harit124 - 28 May, 2010
6: 1) Wage employees do not need a plan for the day. Salaried employees if they are working on 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 about the 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 every customer who calls in is a friend. this familiarity breeds not taking notes. Correct note taking is another thing in that when people are lax that means they do not care about their job. Here in the USA calls are recorded and someone from Human Resourses asses them and if the proper information 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 adjustment problem 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 they can not adjust or adapt then they are let go. Lateness to a meeting for a careered professional is not tolerated in the USA either. usually they look for a replacement and at the last minute will 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 and complaining about little work is not the same thing. Companies used to send their employees to seminars for time management and stress. Perhaps companies again need to take this up as a requirement for their employees.
It used to be if people have little work to do on the job they would ask their superior for additional 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 stuck together, the supervisors stuck together, the professionals stuck together, and the hourly wage earners stuck together, there was never any mixing. Should fraterinization occur those involved would be given notice and after a few notices on their critique Human Resources manager would fire them.
10) The manager or supervisor is always responsible for ALL mistakes because they should be doing the proofing of their understudies. If a manager or supervisor or vice president or whomever is above the worker continues to make mistakes then they are fired.

Why does hate good grammar in correspondence? I am NOT using the grammatical marks they say I am. You guys never heard of a semicolon or a contraction?
Posted by:Christie Fox - 28 May, 2010
7: guess what, we are building a robot that have all the above features.. use it instead of a human.
Posted by:PKR - 28 May, 2010
mandeep singh Replied to: PKR - 29 May, 2010
9: we are avoiding almost all the above habits in our organisation and we are achieving more productivity,than earlier.!
Posted by:Yousuf - 28 May, 2010
10: These are general guidelines given to some school going kid! The biggest point is in-effective leadership and management that cause any or all of these habits... Why don't we hit the nail on the head? It is like blaming the people of a country for a poor development paradigm!
Management Consultant
Posted by:Nikhil S. Gurjar - 28 May, 2010
11: guidelines to be followed..will take us up the career ladder.
Posted by:smriti - 28 May, 2010
This is excellent, I hope we see this in our every day business work force. I think one important point is missing is to have respect for others at all levels. Which we do not see at all.
Shri Replied to: smriti - 28 May, 2010
Continuation with shri point we have to create a friendly environment in the organization and avoid grapevine..
Suresh Replied to: Shri - 28 May, 2010