Vincy Workplace
October 18, 2013

Ten things people do at work that leave you speechless

Are you working overtime to be fired? Some people are and they don’t even know it. When you are in a position for far too long, there is a tendency to get complacent; you don’t try as hard as you used to and you feel entitled because of the long hours and past achievements. Although you may feel you have earned the right to kick back a bit, you may be writing your ticket out the door.{{more}}

As competition increases, employers will need to trim the fat from their workforce. Because the public will start to demand better service across the board; businesses want to benefit from the impact of globalization; and there is an abundance of potential employees, both locally trained and those returning home after training abroad.

With these factors in mind, employees need to look at their current workplace performance to ensure that they are not taking their jobs for granted. If you are currently doing any of the following, you are taking your job for granted.

1. Shopping in the office supply closet for your kids’ school needs.

2. Arguing with the supervisor, co-workers and/or customers and refusing to talk to them afterward.

3. Rolling eyes and sighing when customers ask for help.

4. Talking on your cell phone and ignoring the customers and ringing office phone.

5. Using a company vehicle as your personal transport and getting annoyed when it’s not available.

6. Leaving early on a regular basis to go to the salon or “lime with friends.”

7. Taking extended breaks or lunches and arriving late to work.

8. Reporting items as defective or lost when making repairs, when, in fact, they work perfectly fine and are then sold in a side business.

9. Dating the boss and feeling powerful and untouchable.

10. Expecting a pay increase after years of substandard performance and behaviour.

Although these may seem like small infractions, these are the factors that make a difference in the way a company performs, and should be taken seriously. You are not owed a job. As an employee, it is important to earn a job, and then let your performance be the factor that determines whether you keep that job.

Karen Hinds is “The Workplace Success Expert.” For a FREE SPECIAL REPORT on Avoiding Career Killers in the Workplace, send an email to

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