Are You Sabotaging Your Career?

Everyone says they want a fulfilling job, but very few nurture the job they have, managing it and developing it to enhance their career success.   

In fact, many people actively sabotage their career by failing to recognize how their behavior and performance is perceived by those around them.  There are obvious ways in which individuals undermine their own success, such as being involved in conflicts with colleagues, not doing their job properly, or stealing from their workplace.  However there are also other less obvious things that you can do to sabotage your career.

Are you sabotaging your career in any of these subtle ways?

  • Being too proud to admit your mistakes. If you’re constantly making excuses to justify your poor performance then you are guilty of this. Doing this is a sign of dishonesty and unprofessionalism. It is normal to make mistakes no matter how excellent a worker you are so don’t be afraid to admit what you have done.
  • Failing to meet deadlines. In an effort to impress their boss, some employees commit to deadlines without really thinking if it is possible to meet them. If you want to be successful in your career and earn the respect of your boss and colleagues, you have to always meet deadlines and do tasks given to you with passion and attention to details. Meeting deadlines also shows your boss that you are responsible and deserving of a promotion and a pay raise.
  • Assuming that you know better than your boss and colleagues. Becoming Mr-Know-It-All is a bad thing for your career. Of course, it’s a plus if you are skilled and more experienced than most of your colleagues, but you don’t have to ram it down their necks!  Refusing to listen to suggestions, especially those coming from your boss, is a sign of arrogance. Learn how to listen, and listen well.
  • Becoming stagnant. When you start losing interest in your daily tasks and don’t make any effort to excel, stagnation takes over slowly, subtly, until your attitudes, behavior and productivity are severely affected. When this happens you lose all hope of promotion and being respected within the organisation.  You need to continue to go the extra mile. Take responsibilities which will allow you to use your skills and talents. The more effort you exert in doing your tasks, the more you will become valuable to your organisation.

There are a many ways in which you can sabotage your career.  But the good thing is that there are many strategies you can use to boost your career. Learn about them from Life Directions Institute which offers outstanding career coaching and development programs. Visit Life Directions Institute now for more information!