Five Ways to Ruin Your Reputation at Work


Obviously, your career growth largely depends on your professional skills and on how much you contribute to achieving the common goal. However, how your colleagues see you matters a lot, too. So the impression you create could affect your chances to climb up the ladder.

Career and Reputation

Here are five behavior patterns which are more likely to ruin your reputation as a professional and so hindering your career growth.

1. Unconcern

When your supervisor is looking for someone who can take over the responsibilities of one of your colleagues, who needs some time off the office, you back off while someone else willingly takes the challenge on. That’s bad for you. By doing someone else’s job, you actually enlarge the scope of your knowledge and skills. And your boss won’t see you as a life-line, anyway.

2. Deflated Promises

You could be the hardest-working employee. But once you’ve failed to keep your promise or met a deadline, your co-workers and supervisors will have doubts if they can rely on you or assign responsible matters.

So try not to undertake responsibilities if you feel you can’t make it.

3. Know-It-All

That’s great when you bring your useful ideas or calculations to the table during the discussion of some urgent problem, helping your “stalled” colleagues to find the right direction. Remember, however, that if you do it with heavy-handed approach or overenthusiasm, it could feel like you are commanding rather than suggesting your point. You could draw condemnation from your co-workers. That kind of behavior is particularly harmful when discussing big joint projects which require effective collaboration. Be considerate when you put forward your thoughts and respect the right of others to dispute them, whatever hard you believe in them. Then your contribution will be seen as positive, though your advice might not be followed.

4. Escaping Responsibility for Failure

Any attempts to excuse bad performance always look disgraceful and unprofessional. So if you’ve screwed up, face the challenge openly and try to find ways to right it and make sure it won’t happen again.

Those employees who take the blame display professional maturity and self-confidence.

5. Gossiping

When your office is humming with gossips and complaints about the job, don’t get involved. It’s not a bad thing to mix with co-workers, but getting involved into negative talks makes you negative. And this could upset your supervisors and impact the working relationships. Try to stay as far as possible from this kind of gossiping and mudslinging.

It is not necessarily that only big failures may ruin your promising career. Minor mistake may be enough. So ensure that your behavior never crosses the opportunities waiting for you out there.

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  1. Another Don’t – THE DIGGER…these people dig for personal information about co-workers, their past, their relationships, their financial situation and more.
    People who push themselves into another employees personal life under the guise of “wanting to help out” with unrelenting concern are probably only trying to get dirt on them. If you would not give your checking account number to this person and ask them to balance your account , why would you want to tell them things that could empty your emotional or professional bank account….

  2. The Interruptor, when this person is around no one can finish a sentence. The interruptor knows what your going to say and if you don’t agree with how she/he finishes your sentence, well, your just wrong. This is kind of like the Know It All. The Interruptor needs to be the center of attention at all times. The interruptor is someone you should never, never engage, if it is unavoidable, be professional and pleasant but end the conversation asap

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