5 career-damaging habits you must stop now

If you want to keep your job, pay attention to the small details.


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1. Heedlessly ordering supplies: It makes you look wasteful, as if you’re not focused on what’s best for the company.

2. Blowing off co-workers: Everyone’s busy, but if you never make time for the occasional lunch, coffee or after-work drink with your cubicle mates, you may not seem part of the team.

3. Gossiping: Socializing with fellow staffers is one thing, but slamming your company, boss or absent co-workers is never safe. Refrain from sharing your frustrations in e-mails and on social networking sites. The Facebook walls have ears.

4. Loud sighing: Emitting big, laboured sighs is one of the signs of stress and burnout. But audible exhaustion can be mistaken for exasperation, frustration or disinterest.

5. Hogging the credit: If you’re doing more work for the same pay, you may feel you’ve earned an extra pat on the back. But so does the rest of the office. Instead, try congratulating your peers. The praise will make its way back to you.