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The 6 mistakes you should avoid when developing your career

Author: Reda HADDOU

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Date of Publication: 25/05/2022

Developing your career as intentionally as possible is a key success factor for your professional life. Here are the most common and damaging career mistakes you would want to avoid when developing your career.

1 - Lack of insight or reflection

This has the impact of creating situations solely. This happens due to the fact that some people are not paying attention to how things work or to their own behaviour.

2 - Wrong objectives leading to wrong results

We are not paid for attendance but for achieving objectives. Nowadays, there is a false belief that anyone who is busy is successful, But, in reality, busy is another word for ineffective. Why would you try to prove that you work longer if in the end you achieve less of your objectives? Instead, try focussing more and you will start yielding twice the results for half the effort.

3 - Chronic absences and lateness

Too many absences or lateness lead nowhere except to a reputation of unreliability.

4 - Refusal to admit mistakes

Everyone makes them and in principle everyone is supposed to learn from their mistakes. Hence, refusing to admit them, results in a huge loss of trust capital and somehow, these mistakes are expected to be repeated again and again.

5 - Inappropriate use of the Internet in the office

It doesn't matter if it's watching X, looking at your Facebook page or shopping, wasting company resources will be discovered sooner or later.

6 - Cultural maladjustment

Everyone has the choice to change their behavior, to leave or to be fired if they don't know how to adapt. However, there are companies in which adaptation for some seems impossible; in which case, you have to be smart and take matters into your own hands before it does damage to your career.

7 - Not honoring commitments

Nothing is more devastating to an image than not keeping your word. No one will want to continue working with someone who cannot be counted on.

8 - Complacent behavior

Those who think that the company or the manager owes them a debt of gratitude simply because they breathe the office air can quickly pump that air to others. This is a particularly unpleasant flaw. No one is indispensable.

9 - Not bothering to think outside the box

Not knowing how to take time to think or to be creative, or not doing it because of a lack of energy, means that the manager will find someone to do it anyway. Simply doing your job is within the reach of hundreds of people. It is essential to add value to your job.

10 - Criticise management or a key person

You have to take responsibility for everything you say at work because it will be repeated and broadcast. Most of the time the law of silence does not exist, even if you think you are talking to a very close and complicit colleague. Nothing in this list is hard to avoid. As said above, those who take the risk of losing any chance of a career are those who simply forget their environment and the purpose of their position.


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