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The Behaviors That Are Killing Your Career A Guest Post by Dr. Hossein Eslambolchi

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The list of behaviors that could harm your career has been expanding along with technological innovations in our interconnected world, especially in terms of the IoT (Internet of Things). Almost every company on Earth has now realized the value of IoT and seeks to put out seasoned executives in charge of IoT supporting their corporate activities.

While some of these mistakes may not totally wreck your career, they can certainly derail employment at your current job. I highly recommend paying attention and focusing on driving value and Return on Investment (RoI) on a daily basis for every segment of business for enterprise and service provider companies.

  1. Clock watching. This includes stopping work before your proper quitting time and intentionally working at a slow pace to avoid more work. This behavior sends a message that you feel you are on your own time after work and you don’t want to be bothered by telephone calls or emails after quitting time. It is increasingly risky to do this and not become branded a ‘9 to 5 employee’ who can’t or won’t handle responsibility well.
  2. Sitting on your hands. Employees who do this fail to report problems they are aware of or suggest solutions to them.
  3. Disclosing confidential information. This conduct comprises offering privileged information to a potential employer during an interview, posting it to social media or sharing it with friends or coworkers. This behavior may in fact be illegal and carry civil or monetary penalties.
  4. Using social media to bad-mouth employers. There is a growing list of employees who have been terminated for posting negative comments about their companies, bosses or coworkers. Some job-seekers have also been posting negative comments about organizations they have interviewed with and recruiters who have called them.
  5. Using employer’s email or cell phone to search for another job. Many employers monitor employees’ email for appropriateness and also to learn whether they are looking for other jobs. Records of calls made on an employer’s cell phone are their property and subject to review.
  6. Stealing time. Surfing the internet on personal business while at work, texting or social media posting instead of doing your job and working on your own business or someone else’s on company time, particularly when telecommuting, can all be viewed as stealing time and could give rise to a termination for cause.
  7. Negative attitude. Projecting a negative attitude can permeate an organization, lower morale and adversely impact the bottom line.
  8. Disagreeing with the boss in public or going over your boss’ head.Disagree with your boss in private but support him or her publicly. Work out any issues with your supervisor and turn to outside help only in rare cases.
  9. Discussing salaries. Many employers consider their employees’ salaries to be confidential information and deem such discussions to be a sign of job dissatisfaction, jealousy or envy.


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