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5 Common Mistakes People Make At Work

Even if we love our careers, going to work every day isn’t something that we generally look forward to doing all the time. Sometimes our actions at work can make the work that we do more difficult and we sometimes don’t even recognize that we’re causing ourselves more problems! By avoiding these 5 common mistakes that people make at work, your job can be much more enjoyable.

1. Engaging in the Politics of the Workplace

Sometimes you just can’t avoid office politics and that’s ok. The mistake that people sometimes make is that they seek out to engage in the politics of their workplace. This time and effort drags them away from the job that really needs to be done, meaning that when work can get accomplished, it is hurried and rushed. Rushed work generally creates poor results, and that can affect your long-term standing within the company.

2. You’re Multi-Tasking Too Much

The modern employee has to multi-task projects just about every day, but you can actually multi-task too much stuff. Your mind can only maintain its focus on so many things, so rather than try to do three things at once, try something else. Focus on one project for a few minutes. Then switch gears and focus on the next project that is due. Then move to the third project or back to the first one. By maintaining a singular focus, you’ll get more done in that short amount of time than you would doing two or three things at the same time.

3. Work Complaints

Misery loves company and there are usually a lot of miserable people at work! From the overall direction of the company to complaints about your co-worker’s latest hair style, there is undoubtedly someone who will stop by your little nook of the workplace with a cup of coffee and 30 minutes of complaining. Instead of sharing in these complaints, look for ways to improve the processes that are bothering you. This will help to solve the problem!

4. Over-Estimating Your Ability To Get Stuff Done

The idea of working well is to under-promise and over-deliver. The issue that many people have, however, is the reverse of this concept. They over-promise and then under-deliver. Then they wonder why the boss is calling them into the office! Don’t exaggerate what you can do or set unrealistic goals for yourself. Tell people what you can feasibly get done by a deadline, then do your best to provide the highest quality result possible.

5. Learn From Your Mistakes

There’s a common saying that goes something like this: “History is doomed to repeat itself because people haven’t learned the lessons that history has provided.” It is ok to make mistakes… as long as you’re willing to learn the lessons that a mistake teaches you. Humans are fallible creatures. Expecting perfection will always create disappointment! If you learn from each mistake, however, you’ll reduce the risks of making more mistakes, and that’s all anyone can ask of anyone else.

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