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5 Toxic Work Habits to Avoid
Lily Tabanera
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While we may not always be aware of it, we're all prone to falling into bad work habits from time to time. These behaviors might not seem like a big deal to you, but your employers or colleagues probably notice them, which can negatively affect your career.

Start your year right by avoiding these unhealthy habits in the workplace: 

1. Having the “it's not my job” mentality. 

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Don’t be the person who deliberately ignores messages and emails just because what people are asking you to do isn’t in your job description. Don’t be that person in the office who notices a problem and waits for someone else to solve it.  “Initiative” is the magic word, especially when crucial issues turn up. If you know you can contribute, why not step up? 

2. Being the gossip girl (or boy). 

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While we know it’s fun to be updated on all the latest who’s who and what’s what in the office, try to keep the gossip to a minimum. The work environment becomes toxic when people keep congregating, ganging up, and holding grudges against each other. You don’t want to seem like a nosy teenager to your colleagues, do you? 

3. Resisting change. 

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Change in the workplace is unavoidable. Whether it’s a new boss, a new filing system, or a new messaging application, you’ve got to try to adjust. Don’t be the person who keeps whining that “things were better before” because there’s nothing you can do about it.  However, if there really is a problem, don’t hesitate to list them down and think of ways to solve them.

4. Being on social media all the time. 

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You might not notice it, but you’ve been on your phone for two hours straight, taking quizzes and watching cute dog videos. You never know who’s watching – your boss probably knows what you’re up to. Try to keep the texting to a minimum, stop procrastinating, and focus on your job. It’s hard, we know, but this is all for your own sake! 

5. Taking things too personally. 

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If you’re offended by every little thing, then that’s unhealthy. You might feel like an officemate is deliberately attacking you when they’re really just making a harmless comment. And even if they are, try to turn the other cheek and be the bigger person. Make it one of your resolutions to stay on good terms with your professional acquaintances.

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