01/4Workplace gossip

Workplace gossip

Think workplace gossip is absolutely harmless? More often than not, such conversations have a way of spreading like wildfire and can end up hurting your coworkers while framing you as a big mouth. Oh, and it’s not just your reputation that’s at stake here. Organizations are always vigilant of employees who always have something nasty to say and always finds it safe to get rid of such employees.

How to turn it around: Consciously pull yourself out of this toxic habit. The easiest way of doing it is to ask your work friends to call you out every time you find yourself falling in the old patterns. After all, you cannot gossip on your own right? This will rid your team of workplace gossip and thus promote a healthier work environment.


02/4Beating it around the bush

Beating it around the bush

Shockingly, so many of us keep dodging confrontations as if having an honest conversation is the worst thing that can happen to us. Sadly, most of us end up realizing only after our non-confrontational behavior ends up snowballing into something worse. Be it raising a problem to your manager or seeking some improvement from your team, beating it around the bush never does any good to anyone.

How to turn it around: Got some instructions for your team? Or maybe a question for your manager? Raise it upfront! Difficult conversations need to be navigated properly in the work environment and pushing them under the carpet is just not the way to go about it. Communicating clearly is the key!


03/4That ‘Oh I didn't have time to do this’ attitude

That ‘Oh I didn't have time to do this’ attitude

You can be the most talented of the employees and yet be assured that nothing would sabotage your career like procrastination. In case, you happen to be under the impression that you do your best at the last minute and thus put off important projects for the last day then you are surely missing out on the impact that it is having on your co-workers especially when you're working on team projects.

How to turn it around: Procrastination is a habit and it is only by paying careful attention to our toxic habits that we can alter them. Once you experience how finishing your work on time de-stresses you, you'd automatically want to do it more often. Remember to constantly keep the vision of the reward (less stress) in your mind.


04/4Bad body language and other poor forms of communication

Bad body language and other poor forms of communication

Actions speak louder than words, especially in professional setups. If you are in the habit of rolling your eyes, constantly yawning or sitting in your office chair in the most casual way possible, then we have bad news for you. While all of this might appear insignificant, it never goes unnoticed and always creates a bad impression. Nothing spoils your image in the office as soon as this workplace habit.

How to turn it around: Constantly remind yourself that you are in a professional setup that requires you to be aware of your body language. Notice those around you and see what looks appropriate and what does not. This will help you segregate a set of habits.