No matter what your feelings about your job are, your ultimate goal is most probably to get to a better position, professionally. So, we’re assuming you’re consistently working towards your goal. But if you feel like you’re doing everything right and still not seeing any progress, it could be because of some unknown workplace mistakes you’re making. While they may not be a huge deal, sometimes these little things can be counterproductive. These are a few of the mistakes that you could be unknowingly making, that are holding you back from that promotion at work.
Your feelings towards your workplace border more on the casual side, over the professional
It’s a great feeling to be happy to come into work, for it to feel comfortable, and to have a good rapport with your colleagues. But no matter how bum chummy you might be with your colleagues, there is still a limit to it because, at the end of the day, you’re all there for a job. So don’t get carried away and reveal things you shouldn’t be, and sometimes, don’t be too trusting. Be as friendly as is comfortable, and definitely maintain a good atmosphere, but remember that you’re in a professional sphere, not a fraternity.
You take your job for granted
Sometimes, when you’ve been working at a place for too long, you unknowingly start to take your job for granted. You become lax and don’t try as hard, thinking that your job will be there regardless of your performance. Unfortunately, that’s not how it works, unless you’re in a family business (even then, it may not be a given). And if you’re not working hard enough at your job, they’ll give it to someone who is.
You’re too critical of everything
Whether it’s with regard to your colleagues, or new jobs, or anything work-related, if you’re overly critical, you’re not going to get too far. No one needs a constantly negative voice in an already high-pressure environment. Plus, you could end up rubbing people the wrong way.
You’re missing out on the influence of social media
While you may personally detest the inane things that appear on your social media feed, and wish to keep yourself far from it, the time that we are currently functioning in relies heavily on digital sphere, no matter what industry. So to keep yourself abreast of things, and not get left behind, you’re going to have to make sure you maintain a social media presence.
You’re not open to change
One thing to keep in mind, with relation to life in general, is that change is inevitable. And being open to change at work is a quality that everyone should have. Company managements change, people change, projects change, and if you’re someone who cannot adjust well to these changes, you will be seen as a liability