Wanna know which habits of yours can irritate your boss the most and maybe cost you next year's raise?
Well, here they are:
1. Tardiness. Showing up late for work is the number 1 annoying habit employees can have, according to most managers. If your day starts at nine in the morning, your boss expects you to be there ready to begin work at nine. If you live fifteen minutes away from work, don't leave home 15 minutes early. Allow extra time for heavy traffic, unexpected weather delays and road blocks.
2. Not using the right mode of communication. You need to know how your boss communicates with employees. If email is preferred, then learn how to write and send effective emails to your supervisor. If your boss sends instant messages frequently, then you have to be ready to respond in the same way.
3. A disorganized work area. Keep your work area clean to make your boss think you know what you are doing. You also have to be able to pull out information your boss needs as quickly as possible. So keeping files in an organized fashion will really help you a lot.
4.Asking the wrong questions. When it is your first day on the job, your boss expects you to ask questions that will help clarify office procedure, where to put stuff and how to generally start working on a given project. But after about three months, you are expected to have some level of information about how to do your job properly and are also expected to be able to get answers you need with minimum disturbance to your boss. If there is no human being available to answer some of your questions, try looking things up on the internet before going to your superior.
5. Hearing your cell phone during a meeting. Everyone has a cell phone these days. So it is expected by your boss that you know you have to turn it off or put on silent mode when you are in a meeting. The best thing to do is to put your phone on vibrate during work days so that the distraction is minimal.