4 Things You Should NEVER Do at Work

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Telecommuters, you may not have to work under the direct supervision of a manager, but that doesn’t mean you won’t get caught if you take advantage of the professional independence that working at home provides. 

Life is about growing from your mistakes; however, some of those difficult lessons learned from misbehaving at work can be avoided by following our list of professional no-nos that will find you in hot water faster than you might think.

Here are four things you should never do at work:

Burn a bridge. Whenever possible, maintain positive relationships with past employers and co-workers, especially those that will appear on your most recent work history. You never know when a former colleague, professor, or professional acquaintance will be asked to share an opinion of you with a potential client or employer, or when you will need to reach out for a referral or letter of recommendation.

Make commitments you can’t keep. Do what you say you are going to do. And if you can’t commit, be honest in the beginning. Knowing when to pass on projects or decline extra work offers is just as important as following through on deadlines and promises.

Lie. Be forthcoming about the reality of your skills, education, and work history right from the start. Otherwise, lying during a job interview will come back to bite you all the way to the unemployment line. Not to mention, initiating a pattern of lying before you have even landed a job will make you more likely to be dishonest down the road. Yes, telecommuters, stretching your lunch hour to two and sleeping in and starting work late are still lies.

Give too much information. We’ve all read an email from a co-worker that divulged something personal and thought, “TMI!” Don’t be that person. Topics like religion, sex, politics, and even your own earnings should be censored from conversations with co-workers, conference calls, and work emails. Keep professional correspondence professional and save personal revelations for off-the-clock chats with your friends and family.

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Sarah Rivkind writes about a variety of topics related to telecommuting, work-life balance, job searching, and more.

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