A lot of everyday workplace activities could get you fired. Here are 3 common workplace behaviors that you should avoid, even if “everybody else” is doing it:
#1: Gossiping. According to the career website TheLadders.com, almost 40 percent of managers have fired someone for office gossip. So, be careful what you say. Workplace expert Jules Zunich says you should never say anything at work that you wouldn’t want your officemates to read on the front page of the newspaper.
Another common behavior that gets workers fired: Surfing the web. It’s safe to say that nearly everyone occasionally uses their work computer for personal reasons. But a survey from Career Builder found that 1 in 5 employees watch non-work related videos and sports events on the clock. If you’re one of them, listen carefully. The American Management Association says that more than half of employers have let workers go for things like answering personal emails, shopping online or updating their fantasy league.
And the last behavior that kills careers: Always arriving late. The number of people who are late for work at least once a week is up by almost 10 percent. But before you hit “snooze” for the second time, remember this: When you’re late for work, you give the impression that you don’t care about your job. And managers say that tardiness is one of their top 5 reasons for handing out pink slips.