It could be that your manager is a jerk – or it could be that you’re making one or more common work mistakes without even realising it.
While these mistakes are easy to make, the good news is that they’re also easy to rectify and overcome once you’re aware you’re guilty of them. Here are the three biggest mistakes you could be making at work:
1. Promising things you can’t deliver
It’s happened to us all. Your manager asks you how far off you are from finishing a task. You say 20 minutes knowing it will actually be more like 30, but hoping she won’t notice or mind it took an extra 10 minutes.
But this simple act of over-promising and under-delivering is a huge mistake, says self-awareness expert Dr Travis Bradberry.
Dr Bradberry heads up TalentSmart, a company that provides emotional intelligence data to employers. In his piece published in the Huffington Post, the ‘Emotional Intelligence 2.0‘ coauthor explains that not only does promising something you can’t deliver add extra pressure and stress to your day, but it also makes you look bad.
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“If you promise to do something ridiculously fast and you miss the deadline by a little bit, you’ll likely think that you did a good job because you still delivered quickly,” he writes. Exactly.
“But the moment you promise something to someone, they expect nothing less. You end up looking terrible when you fall short.”
This harmful habit is easy to fix once you’re aware you’re doing it – simply give your boss a realistic expectation, even if you don’t think that’s what they want to hear. They’ll be far happier that you gave them exactly want you said you would, when you said you’d do it.
2. Hitting a slump and not doing anything about it
We can’t all love our jobs – that’s a reality. But if day in day out you walk into a job that you loathe, or are simply bored of, then you’re giving yourself a massive handicap on the happiness stakes.
This does not mean you quit your job the moment you notice you’re not as excited to be there as you once were. There are ways to overcome your work slump, says finance writer Asit Sharma.
Sharma, who writes for The Motley Fool – an investment advice website – says it’s not uncommon to hit a prolonged period of “why am I here?” thinking at some point in your career.
This is a sign, he says, that you need to make a change. It sounds obvious, but it’s a sign too many people ignore.