Top 5 Things You Should Never Do at Work

Working from home had put a dent in everyone’s social abilities. But even in the “before times,” some folks weren’t well-known for having glittering social skills.

Now, as many people head back to the office, it’s a suitable time for a reminder of the top 5 things you should never do at work.

Hit “Send” When You’re Angry or Upset

At one time or another, everyone has received an email that enraged them. Maybe the boss has falsely accused you of missing a deadline, or your coworker copied you on an email where they took credit for your idea.

Resist the temptation to write a brilliant rant about the offender and hit “send” to everyone in the company. Whatever your boss or the coworker did, they’ll never look as bad as you do if you send the message. Take a break and formulate a professional response.

Top 5 Things You Should Never Do at Work

Top 5 Things You Should Never Do at Work

Put On Makeup or Cut Your Nails at Your Desk

You should take care of your personal hygiene and grooming in private. Period. Combing your hair, clipping or filing your nails, or even refreshing lipstick at your workstation is gross. Don’t come to work unkempt, and if something gets out of whack while you’re there, excuse yourself and take care of it in the privacy of a restroom stall.

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Top 5 Things You Should Never Do at Work

Repeatedly Ask Someone Out

There’s no quicker way to earn a reputation as the office creep than to keep hitting on your coworkers. And even if you think it’s just harmless flirting, unwanted touching is a sign of sexual harassment and is an extreme breach of professionalism. Victims of your repeated bad behavior may have a legitimate sexual harassment complaint, and you’ll find yourself in the HR director’s office or even in court before you know it.

Take Personal Phone Calls Where People Can Overhear You

Yelling at your kids or arguing with your partner where your coworkers can hear you will disturb the workplace and interferes with productivity (not to mention that it makes you look like an insensitive jerk). If you must take a personal call, excuse yourself and find a private place to handle personal matters.

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Top 5 Things You Should Never Do at Work

Talk Politics

Getting into political discussions is a no-go at work. You don’t know all your coworker’s political leanings, and there are bound to be several who disagree vehemently with your political perspectives. Keep work about work.

We could easily list far more than these top five things you should never do at work, but we’re hoping you already know not to lie, take credit for others’ work, mess around on social media during your company’s time, or gossip. And you would never reheat fish in the microwave, steal your coworker’s lunch, or constantly complain about your job.

Top 5 Things You Should Never Do at Work

Even if you’re planning to move on, keep it professional as you walk out the door. Although telling off your jerk of a boss might feel great at the time, burning bridges can damage your reputation and affect your future. Accept your annoying coworker’s grudging congratulations and move to your next job with your smile and your career trajectory intact.

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