6 Habits of Unsuccessful IT Pros (and How to Avoid Them)

When you go to the office, you do not put your personality on mute for the day. For better or worse, the qualities that define you outside the office carry on into your work. Kevin Casey writes for InformationWeek India about six habits that can put a damper on your IT career, and how to avoid them.

Six Quirks

  1. You have no filter.
  2. You’re a bit too chummy.
  3. You don’t do what you say you will.
  4. You’re not plugged in.
  5. You make too many assumptions.
  6. You don’t get along with your boss.

Between phone calls, email, instant messaging, and social media, there are myriad and varied social interactions you must maintain at work. If you do not filter what you are saying to fit the occasion, which could mean inappropriately badmouthing a boss or posting private information in a public setting, it could do damage to your long-term career prospects. This ties along with the issue of being too chummy, in that some workers might try to impose a friendship on a situation where it is much more important to just be colleagues. Always be thinking of what is appropriate.

Likewise, always be making sure you are living up to obligations. When you tell someone you are going to get specific work done, you had better make sure it gets done. And about not being plugged in, Casey says:

How do you plan in a business world where everything seems to change every six months, if not sooner? You need to stay plugged into your industry. Read widely, join professional groups, and attend industry conferences and events. No budget for the latter? Even just reading the presentation titles at relevant conferences and events should give you a clue as to what's going — and where you and your employer might be missing the boat. Levy also notes that social media is a boon for ensuring your knowledge doesn't lag behind.

Staying plugged in at work is also important. There should be no need to make assumptions about a project when you can just ask someone what specifically is expected. This is especially true as it pertains to your boss. If you feel like you and the boss are not getting along, then put the issue out in the open and have a frank discussion about how you can improve the situation together.

For more, you can read the full article here: http://www.informationweek.in/informationweek/news-analysis/298063/habits-unsuccessful-pros

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