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Workplace habits to steer clear of

Like school or the dinner table, the workplace also has habits that are lauded and apprehended. Every individual's habits can have a cumulative effect on the entire office ecosystem, so it's best to not practice the following things at work.

Being late

The tardiness of one single employee can affect the work flow of an entire project. Even if your office has informal work hours, you should set a specific time for yourself, and always try to show up and get things done within at time. Your integrity and work ethic is clearly reflected in how punctual you are.


Whenever you feel like procrastinating, ask yourself if it will affect your team members. If yes, then get it done as soon as you can, because you don't want to keep your coworkers waiting. Real life is not a university group project; here the consequences of procrastinating are dire. Negativity

There's a stark difference between being realistic and negative. Try not being the buzz-kill in the workplace. Every time a colleague brings up a rather adventurous idea, don't shoot it down on the accounts of it being “baseless” or “impractical." You cannot expect all your colleagues to be on the same wavelength as you, or even expect them to always act rationally. So it's best if you don't complain and whine about every single detail that upsets you. If you feel that you have a genuine issue with someone or something, be professional and take it up with your supervisor instead of losing your temper.

Bluffing and slandering

Gossip may be hard to resist, but giving in to the temptation of bad-mouthing your coworkers will have a terrible effect on your image in the long run. Faking things and gossiping will only make people lose respect for you.


Naveed is studying Marketing at BUP. Other than being devastatingly comical he likes awkward silences and football. Reach him at

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