Five rules of conduct at work that you can break

Many think they know how to have a successful career: keep their head down and work without rest. Avoid personal, emotional, or uncomfortable conversations. But first, subscribe to our Telegram channel. We often publish such valuable articles!

1. Don’t broach emotional topics at work

Problems should always be discussed, even if it doesn’t seem like a workplace issue or something you’re not supposed to talk about. If you and a colleague have radically different work styles or clash over a project, it can seriously affect productivity. Talk to your colleague directly: “I feel you’re challenging every word and action I say.”

2. Need to strive for career advancement

It seems normal and proper to strive higher and higher on the career ladder, earn more money, and have a solid job title. It’s excellent if you don’t want a promotion. If you like your profession, you will be happier with professional growth, so-called “horizontal growth.” You will be more attractive to employers as someone with vast experience in your profession.

3. Do only what you were hired for

A company’s manager always looks at his organization’s work. If you are not an executive but care about your company, it is also suitable to look at the big picture to understand the work system. You may be able to suggest something, even from outside your field, that will improve the company’s performance. The important thing here is to walk a fine line between helping and when you go over your colleagues’ heads. But if you have the best intentions, you can always say, “I see opportunities for improvement. Why not take advantage of them?”

4. Need to be in the office day and night

Yes, their job is a lifelong passion for many. And it’s all the more important to spend time in the office and outside of it. It’s suitable for both your overall state of mind and your work. After all, often, the freshest and most unique ideas come to a person when he goes for a walk, makes something in the garage, or plants flowers in his garden. A hobby gives one a sense of peace and helps one relax. And in these very moments, solutions to work problems appear in your bright mind, which you have been unsuccessfully thinking about at your desk before.

5. Dating in real life is always more useful

Each activity has different methods of making valuable acquaintances. It is considered best to attend conferences, cocktail parties, and other similar events close to your field of work and meet different people there. Well, it is a valid method, but now it is more valuable and productive to make online acquaintances. Find the person you want on social networks (read Networking with empathy: what is it, how, and why to build it). Subscribe to his Twitter, ask him questions, and make a relationship online, and then you can probably invite him to lunch or a cup of coffee. And this acquaintance will be much more helpful than a pile of business cards in your wallet.

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