11 things NOT to do at work in 2011

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  1. Aliceacc

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    taken from moster.com:

    11 Things You Should Resolve Not to Do at Work in 2011
    By Megan Malugani, Monster Contributing Writer

    The new year is a perfect time to say “hello” to workplace happiness and “good-bye” to the bad habits that make you miserable and hinder your professional success. You’ll enjoy your time in the office a little more -- and improve your professional reputation -- if you make it your New Year’s resolution to cut down on these 11 counterproductive behaviors:

    1. Excessive Complaining

    Enough already. Constant whining about insignificant things (“It’s horribly unfair that Department X got a casual day and we didn’t!”) doesn’t serve a purpose and keeps you in a perpetually bad mood. Plus, happy people will avoid you.

    2. Gossiping
    Ditto for gossiping. The next time a colleague tries to engage you in the office drama du jour, offer a one-word response, like “interesting” or “wow,” and follow it with, “I’ve got to go. See you later.” Repeat as necessary.

    3. Heartlessly Criticizing Others

    Sometimes you must criticize a colleague’s or subordinate’s performance. But have a heart when doing so. If possible, mention a few positives for every negative, and try to be constructive rather than cruel.

    4. Beating Yourself Up

    So you made a mistake, or your brilliant idea actually turned out to be a bad one. No one is perfect. Own up to your mistake, or take responsibility for your failure. Then move on.

    5. Taking Yourself Too Seriously

    C’mon, lighten up. Admittedly, this may be tough for overworked employees in a difficult labor market. But that is precisely the reason to flash those pearly whites and crack a joke now and then (even of the “gallows humor” variety): Everyone benefits when the tension is brought down a notch, even for just a minute.

    6. Stagnating

    Are you content to be bored at work? Do you want your boss to consider you uninspired? Probably not. So make it a resolution to learn something new or try something different in 2011.

    7. Isolating Yourself

    In today’s topsy-turvy job market, professional networking is more important than ever. So this year, don’t hole up in your cubicle. Get out there and meet some new folks -- both inside and outside the company -- who share your profession or work in your field.

    8. Blending into the Woodwork

    Even if you’ve always had a hard time speaking up in meetings or expressing your opinion to your boss, it’s never too late to start putting in your two cents. Pick one work-related issue that is close to your heart and that you’re knowledgeable about. Contribute a few comments on this issue during a meeting -- you may be surprised at how seriously people take the input of someone who speaks sparingly!

    9. Blabbing Unnecessarily

    Stating your mind is important, but don’t just talk to hear your own voice in meetings, either. Speak up only if you’re adding something of value to the discussion.

    10. Burning Bridges


    Don’t assume that colleagues, customers and others who cross your professional path will forgive and forget when you do them wrong. So make it one of your resolutions in 2011 to stay on good terms with your professional acquaintances. Yes, it’s sometimes hard, but oh-so-worth-it in the long run.

    11. Wasting Time Via Social Media

    Wasting time at work is as old as work itself. But a particularly timely pet peeve of many bosses is the overuse and/or misuse of Facebook, Twitter and other forms of social media. Alas, this final resolution -- to curb your social media addiction -- may not make you happier at work in the short term, but it will protect you professionally in the long term.
     
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  3. mopar

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    This is walking in a fine line in teaching! Staying out of the negative talk and gossip....sometimes means staying away and not social networking.

    And I sure hope this site doesn't count as social media! School is when I truly need everyone here.
     
  4. MsMar

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    Excellent advice!
     
  5. TeacherApr

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    Great read. I would love to share this with some of my coworkers, especially as far as # 1,2, and 3 go.....
     
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    Great reminder Alice! Thanks for posting.
     
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    Number 12: Don't date someone you work with. As my mother said, "Don't get your bread and your meat from the same store." :)
     
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    good one :lol:
     
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    Hahaha....I'm so glad that my husband isn't a teacher!
     
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    MIne is. We work for different schools run by the same religious order.

    It works out incredibly well for us.
     
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    On any website it's best to maintain some anonymity. Teachers have been terminated due to what was considered inappropriate material on their FB accounts...even with privacy settings enabled. We've talked this subject a lot here on the forums...it's best to be cautious about sharing personal info or info about the kids you teach.

    Yes, there can be a certain amount of negativity in any work environment...but there are also always people with whom to socialize who don't engage in gossip or negativity...find those people. Wallowing in negativity only brings you down and is draining...
     
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    Great post Alice!
     
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    I really like this, I might post it in the lounge. Not to be negative, I can see where I need to improve on that list.
     
  14. Aliceacc

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    I think the odds are that we all can.
     
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    Thanks for this, Alice. I'm guilty of a few of those and must work to do better.
     
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    Alice -

    i thought this was going to be a joke thread... But after reading it ... hey, it's stuff *I* even need reminding of. i have resolved to change my attitude about a number of life/home things...but this is a good time to consider the same at school.

    I already sent a note (before reading this) as an amends and "aren't we glad we had that winter break when we did" to a collegue with whom life was becoming a bit tense. Hopefully that (and the 2 week break) will clear the air, and we can have a great second half of the year.

    THANKS for the thread.
     
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    I was actually looking for job hunt info for a neighbor; I've been helping her with her resume and cover letter.

    But we all need reminders every once in a while, so it seemed like a good thing to post on New Years Day.
     
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    As an asides... Alice, if you are ever looking for a job apart from teaching - you might want to look into being a paralegal. You LOVE research. (so do I!)
     
  19. Aliceacc

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    I coached debate for 18 years, that probably has something to do with it :)

    But thanks but no thanks; teaching is the career for me.
     
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    Thanks for posting. I'll have to print this up and post it in the lounge. It's just a good reminder, we should also resurrect this in a couple of months.
     
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    Blimey, doing those would take all the fun out of the job!
     
  22. Aliceacc

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    Hey, that's why they call it WORK :p
     

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