Men at WorkThere are a number of things that you should never do at a work place. This would of course include things that have been detailed on your contract and would be a legal agreement. Employees are also generally expected to follow the code of conduct and the contract and almost all of us do follow them – like being in the office at agreed working hours, turning up for a meeting in time, calling up the manager if sick etc. etc. These are all common stuff that everyone is generally aware of and would be happy to follow. But there are a few untold things that may not be expected out of an employee but if followed could help you in a number of ways later…

1. Don’t forget your values

Most companies have a document detailing the code of conduct and the code of ethics. These explain the ethics involved in doing business from a company’s point of view and not from a person’s point of view. I am strong buyer of having a defined ethics for yourself. This could mean turning off the PC when you leave work, buying fair trade coffee for the office, running fundraisers  and participating in events, to name a few. You would probably do these things in your personal life – then why not incorporate them in work life? Remember….everyone respects people with values.

2. Never over commit

Only commit what you can do. Trying to over commit to impress managers is a very common phenomenon at work. There are two problems associated with this -

* You over commit and do not deliver and the project goes out of schedule potentially leading to a failure

* You over commit then stress yourself and deliver and your manager is going to assume that is what you are generally capable of delivering.

3. Don’t seclude yourself

Don’t seclude yourself by having lunch at your own desk and not being at a work gathering unless you have a very good reason for doing so. You may be seen to be a outsider within the team and that is something you would not want to be bothered with. Once you start moving with people, it makes it much easier for you to voice your opinion during meetings and people will be more likely to accept your point of view and will be happy to discuss ideas further.

4. Never lose your self-respect

Do not engage yourself in doing thing that would tarnish your self-respect. Sometimes being too down-to-earth can be damaging and one needs to balance his personal preferences with his job role. Cleaning up the mess you created is no problem – but do not offer to clean up the mess someone else created – that is not your job! This doesn’t mean you should not help others when they are in need of some help; but it is not a good idea to keep offering help and letting other take advantage of your good attitude.

5. Say ‘No’ to personal work

This is one of the most important of all “never do this at work” topics. It is better not to confuse the work place with your home. Most of us will not work during personal time, then why do personal work during work time? This would include checking personal emails, logging to social networking websites, reading news etc. etc. That said, it doesn’t mean you should always push personal work after office hours. There may be certain personal things that might need immediate attention and you might not have a choice not to do it. In that case, do keep your manager informed.

6. Never poke into others business.

Understand what your job role is and act accordingly. Companies have various levels of engineers and managers to split the job to be done and get that done effectively. Trying to impress the management by over doing things and by doing that, stepping into your colleagues domain / job role is an absolute NO. If you have potential showcase it in what you are asked to do and not by doing some one’s job.

7. Never lie

Although companies do not use lie detectors to find out whether someone is lying about something they did – it is one of the most important aspects to build a good reputation within the company. If you have done something wrong, it is better to put forward the case with all the facts and then say you would take care the next time. Doing something wrong and being genuine about it is much appreciated than lying about it or pointing someone else for your mistakes.

8. Don’t get into personal relationships

Never ever think of misbehaving with co-workers and avoid entering into any sort of relationships at work. These relationships will invariably lead to messy situations when you have to be decisive with a person with whom you are on a personal relationship. And, the moment this story leaks within the office, it is for sure going to affect your personality and esteem.

9. No backbiting…please.

Talking about others behind their back is completely unprofessional and something that you should avoid. If there is a problem, better call the relevant people – manager, supervisor or even the colleague with whom you have a problem – and sort it out right in front of their face. The moment someone realises that you are talking behind their back, they are going to make you the last person on their ‘much respected’ list.

10. Don’t steal

Well…this sounds straight forward. Most companies have CCTV in their premises and although this is not to monitor what employees do – they can indeed see what you are up to. Most of us would say stealing property like cables, stationary etc. are an obvious ‘NO’. But how about technology? Making a copy of the unreleased software that you are currently testing is of course a cause for concern.

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64 Responses to “10 things you should never do at Work”

  1. amazing stuff thanx :)

  2. Hi Karthik,

    It’s very useful for every one.Keep on posting.Good work.


    • Hi Riya,

      Thanks for the comment and for visiting the website. Hope you will like the other articles listed on the website!!


  3. Hello Kartik,

    This is just wonderful article, if one follow all above 10 things will not face any problem at work place.
    One thing I would like to share with you, the way you provided feedback for comments is really encouraging to reader as well as writer …
    keep posting such article & enrich the people…………..

    • Hi Ram,

      Thank you for your excellent comments. I hope you will enjoy other articles as well.


  4. Hello Karthik,

    Very good article to read about, every person who is working should know this and try to follow. If anyone having trouble at work may get assistance by this post.

    Good job.


  5. Really good subject thanx for sharing
    its so much into operational behavior
    i like it so much
    thanx again

  6. Thanks for your suggession. But i like to add some things what should we do? if we know that managers or boss suporing some one too much but actually he/she are not capable to follow the managers advice all the time? or if it could cause problems to the organization….

    What should be the role keep sailant or say some thing?

  7. Very good refreshment training

  8. Hi Karthik,

    Its a very good article !!!Most of us know about this but they don’t follow it,probably after reading this it will differently hit their brains!!!!

    Good work,waiting for few more articles like this.

  9. I have witnessed through 12 years an individual rise to board level inspite of lousy business results by sticking to these rules:
    1. Adhere to no values that are may endanger your position
    2. Always step out to overcommit if you know that the subject will later be forgotten or you can blame the lack of outcome on someone else
    3. Dont seclude youreself but dedicate your time to those who can be of use for your position
    4. Self-respect? The higher the position, the more self-respect.
    Everything else doesnt matter.
    5. Personal work not a problem as long as no one knows. Pretend to be 200% devoted to the company.
    6. Poke into others work as often as you can thus creating an impression of your wider competence and their incompetence.
    7. Truth or lie doesnt matter if it fits the purpose.
    8. Dont get into personal relationships. Youre already in love with your career so why would you need anyone else?
    9. No backbiting…please, get serious. How else can you prepare the downfall of those with better business results?
    10. Dont steal. If you stick to the above, you will be getting much more from your company then you could ever steal.

  10. With due respect to the author, I am sure that even he/she wouldnt be following all this. Its an ideal scenario. 7 out to 10 is a possibility :)

    Thanks any way.



    • Hello,

      Thanks for your comment. I am the author of this post and I wonder how you are “sure” that I wouldn’t be following all this. Is that because they are impossible to follow? Or because they interfere with human nature?

      Of course i accept, there will be times where you are forced to not follow these things – like doing personal work during office hours or over comitting at work. These are odd things that will happen all the time. The important thing to me is how conscious you are when not following these points.

      I try to be conscious of the fact i am going against them, which I believe helps in the long run and holds me back from doing it more often without really thinking.

  11. Hi Karthik,

    Please share any useful information regarding leasership qualities in form of ppt or notes if you have any..

    Thanks for the reply

    Thanks & Regards,

    • Hi Nisha,

      You are welcome. Please have a look at other articles relating to personal development and self improvement in I am sure you will find something useful.

      All the best!


  12. Hello Mr.Karthik,

    This is a very interesting post, If all employees implement the above said rules, there will be no confrontations of employees with management. This would lead to a win-win situation.

    • Hello Tanveer,

      Yes, thats true. If we all just do our job then there will be very less problems in the work front..Unfortunately, it seems, this is not in human nature!


  13. Great Job!!!,

  14. Great..Good article..worth keeping printed on your workplace

  15. Excellent

  16. Thanks & appreciate.

  17. great!!!

  18. Thanks for posting this article.This is very useful for all of us.

  19. Thanks admin.

  20. Dear Admin,
    If allowed, I would like to put this article in our company newletter.

    Only up on ur permission.

    awaiting your reply.

    Thanks and regards,

    • Hi Salahudheen, Please do. I would be happy if you link to my website somewhere in the article or footnote.

  21. Hi, Karthik,
    thats an interesting article, thanks for sharing it with us. Worth reading no matter how old.. keeps us in right track..regards

  22. Good Post…

    Keep reminding the people with this post….all ppl know the thing but very few implement it.


  23. Hi,
    Really a good article.Quite helpful for the freshers. The basic ideas covered are known but seldom noticed or put into practice by many.

  24. Hi
    Nice posting…. will surely help me to enhance my professionalism… thanks


  25. Good One…….

  26. indeed a good list …sometimes since we are spending a lot more time in the office, it is very natural to fall into these traps. really helpful ..thanks …

  27. It is very nice..

  28. very nice and practical, should be abide by every employee

    • Hi Raj, Thank you. I think if we all follow this, there will be very less problems at work.

  29. This is really good article.

  30. hi,
    It was a good stuff , most of the people know this but try to pretent as if they have never known it.

    • Thanks Mushtaq. I agree that we know a lot of things. most of us just do not put them to use.

  31. Your comment is good.

  32. Hi,
    Itwas great article



  33. Hi.. Good post.. can i post the same on my blog.. with your reference indeed !

  34. Yes kartik It’s nice to reply to each comments. i have not hoped to receive the commets. But good you stay in connect with your post unlike the others. Keep it up. One more thing my cousin name is also Kartik same pinch.

  35. Dear,
    Its a good one little bit old but keep posting so we will be alerted for old and knowledgable for new posts.


  36. A very helpful list indeed!!

  37. Nice, but all are old stuff.

    • Hi Satya,

      I appreciate your comment. I believe all knowledge is already available in this world, but still there are so many ignorant people. The intention of this post was to list the most important aspects and i would expect them to be addressed before by many.

  38. Superb informations and helps me to enhance my professionalism. Great and whale done citehr..

  39. Hai!

    Good Morning! Its superb article must be known every working person. Thank you! Keep on posting!

    G. Virucha

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