3 Actions That Can Doom Your Job
How safe do you feel at your present job?
Some individuals answering that question may say not all that safe at the end of the day.
With that being the case, do all you can to position yourself so the possibility of losing your job is minimal.
So, are you involved in any actions that could doom your job?
Will Your Past Catch up with You?
Although something you do now may lead to the loss of your job, what about something you did in the past?
As an example, would it be worth your time to find out if you have a warrant out for you?
Now, you may have an old traffic ticket or you fell way behind on alimony or child support payments. As a result, a warrant is out for your arrest. If you brushed it off as not that big of a deal, it could come back to haunt you sooner than later.
That is only one example of how your career could be in jeopardy.
With that in mind, steer clear of the following three actions to better safeguard your job:
1. Not being responsible – You may not be the best worker in the office, but are you the most responsible? Your job means being on time, not taking extended breaks, and doing all you can to get your work done on time. If you do not take responsibility in a serious way, you could be on the outside looking in for another job. Like companies need to be responsible to consumers, the same holds true for you.
2. An office disruption – No employer wants someone who causes trouble in the office. Remember that earlier reference to a warrant being out for your arrest? What if you have a habit of getting in trouble with the law? Do you think your company is going to stand by you time and time again? While you can have some fun in life, make sure you don’t cross the line.
3. Avoiding being a team player – Last, there may be times you have to work extra hours or pitch in with others. Although you may feel like saying no, it will look better for you over the long term if you are a team player. Even if you are not able to do a goal or goals, companies like it when they see workers going that extra mile. In being a team player, know when the right time is to speak up at company meetings. You may have a great idea that can help the company achieve something. From increasing revenue to planning a business luncheon, contribute your thoughts.
Stay Focused on Your Present Job
It goes without saying that your employer expects you to focus on your job while you are on the clock.
That said do not make the mistake of looking for another job while you should be focusing on the present one.
For one reason or another, individuals become unhappy at their present jobs. As a result, they begin to look around to see what else is out there. While you have every right to do so, be smart about it.
One mistake to avoid is sending out resumes and other job search stuff on the company computer. You may have to find another job if your employer sees you spending time searching for another one.
In being smart about your present job, stay focused on what you must do to keep those paychecks coming in.