8 Things You Shouldn't Do At Work
NEW YORK ( MainStreet) -- Every office has that co-worker who chews gum too loudly or dresses inappropriately -- just make sure it isn't you. No matter how hard a worker you may be, if you annoy other people in the office, it will come back to haunt you.
"The way you move up the corporate ladder is by making people love you, so if you annoy your co-workers regularly, there could be repercussions," says Jodi Glickman, a career coach and author of Great on the Job . It's not that you'll necessarily get fired for committing an office faux pas -- unless it's something as serious as being perpetually late to work. Rather, it could limit your opportunities for advancement at the company by affecting "whether other colleagues want to work with you," Glickman says.
With that in mind, we asked Glickman and other career experts to offer their suggestions for the most annoying office habits that are all too common and could hurt your career. If we missed any of your biggest pet peeves, let us know in the comments section.
Talking too loudly on the phone
Chances are most office employees have raised their voice on the phone at one time or other, but don't make a habit of it.
"You have to respect that other people can hear what's going on in your cubicle. That means don't use the speakerphone to dial numbers or hold conference calls in your cubicle," says Robert Hellmann, a career consultant with The Five O'Clock Club , an outplacement firm. Likewise, he urges employees to avoid talking too loudly while having overly personal conversations in the workplace, as this can be "painful" for others to overhear.
Instead, Hellmann suggests finding an open office or conference room you can step into to take the call, and if you really need to have a shouting match with your spouse, it may just pay to go outside.
Listening to loud music or videos
Along the same lines, listening to loud music or videos at your desk infringes on the personal space of others around you and could create a tense work environment.
"Every company has a different policy about earbuds, but if you are listening to music, either close your door or put on earbuds," Glickman says. "No one wants to listen to Guns 'N Roses just because you do."
Messing up the kitchen
Don't bring your messy eating habits to the office, or it could quickly earn you a bad reputation. In particular, career expert Alexandra Levit urges employees against doing anything that might make the office "smell bad," such as leaving old food lying around too long. It's an office, not a dorm room, after all.