From the things we “forget” to return to the textsmessages we “never received,” telling little whitelies has become a very real part of our workplace routine. For the most part, we get away with it. After all, we tell ourselves, who are we really hurting? Anything beyond the occasional fib, however, and the lines get blurred.To avoid a serious faux pas – and possible career sabotage – stay clear of the following 10 workplace sins:
1. Peep into someone’slaptop/desktopThe most annoying person in office is the one who peeps into hiscolleagues laptop screen. Make sure you are not this annoyingperson. No matter the urge to see what other people are up to, youmust save yourself the embarrassment of being labelled theoffice’s peeping tom.
2. Walk around likeyou own the placeIt is great to be confident, but it is a sin to be cocky. So under nocircumstances should you walk around like you own the place. Itis advisable to keep your smartness in check and not throw yourweight around. Keep it easy going and genuine, and everyone inoffice will like you instead of bitching about you.more
3. Be loudOh my GOD! Please don’t be that loud person in office. Keep yourvoice level in check, do not play loud music and stay clear of allthings loud. Loud people annoy colleagues like few otherpeople/things do. Train yourself to talk softly yet be audible.
4. GossipWe are sure you have heard this one before. It is imperative tostay clear of gossip, but we all know that this is not possible.Every nook and corner of office is full of gossip mongers. Whatyou can do however, is keep your tongue in check. Don’t bitcheveryone out to everyone, and don’t allow others to christen youthe gossip king.
5. StealingEvery office goer at some point in time is inclined to steal someoffice stationery: a pen, a paper, a folder, or a print out. Doing soonce in a blue moon is okay, but don’t make a habit of it. Stealingis bad and you will be answerable and payable if you are caught.
6. Lie/BlameothersWhen you find yourself in a soup orin tough situations you will beinclined to lie or shift the blame ofyour wrong doing on someone else.If you do this, you are putting notonly your reputation at stake butyour job too. Always stick to thehonesty policy and play fair.
7. Share yourpersonal problemsNo one lives an easy life. Everyone has their share ofpersonal problems just as you have yours. It would be naïveto share your personal problems with your work colleagues.We suggest you leave these issues at home and come tooffice with a clear mind. Remember, your colleagues aren’tyour personal agony aunts.
8. Make outIrrespective of how hot thatcolleague of yours is, making outin the office is just unpardonable.Making out is an extremely privateaffair and an office is the leastprivate of places you know.Besides, if somebody catches youin the act, you can bid your jobfarewell.