Alert! Eight Behaviors That Prevents Career Growth

Anybody interested in making more money? Sure, I bet we all are. But making more money is not just as simple as maintaining status quo; just barely going above your duties in your current position until a promotion arises.

Sadly, if you don’t wake up every morning and approach your job with the right attitude, you might wake up one morning not only to find out that you have been passed over for promotion, but it has been done so many times that your colleagues are now your supervisors, and subordinates are now your equals. However, this does not have to be the case. If you put your best into everything you do while on the clock, I believe the sky will be your starting point. If you want that next promotion, be sure to avoid the following behaviors:

1. Not calling attention to yourself enough

While growing up, we were promoted to a new class once a year (even if we didn’t exactly deserve it!). We went from kindergarten to Primary one, on to Primary two, all the way up to our University graduation. As long as we did the work assigned to us even moderately well, we were passed along to the next level.

Ironically, the real world isn’t like that. Not only do we need to do the tasks and projects given to us, but we also need to do it so well that we convince our superiors that we’re ready for the next step. And unlike school day, opportunities don’t just “arise” once a year anymore; we need to maximize the advantage of openings whenever they come about.

I’m not asking you to boast and brag about every accomplishment under your belt, but the sad truth is unless you make yourself noticeable, your colleague (that one who is not even worthy to unlace your shoes, yes that one) who stands out is going to get that promotion.

2. Taking criticism personally

This is the real world! Your boss is always going to find something about you and your work that can be improved. That doesn’t necessarily mean he thinks you’re a complete failure (trust me, if he did, you’d probably be on the streets hunting for a new job). It actually means quite the opposite: he sees you have the potential to be better.

So taking criticism as a personal attack will only make your boss see a person who is reluctant to put in the work necessary to increase your skill set. Your ego is definitely going to be hurt hearing that you’re not perfect, but if you look honestly at your abilities and accomplishments, you’ll be able to see those loopholes; those areas that need improvement. Only then can you start working toward strengthening your abilities.

3. Being Disorganized

Most people mistake being messy for being completely disorganized. A busy worker’s desk might be full of papers that might appear to be scattered by an onlooker, but all that matters is that ‘the worker’ knows where everything is. On the flip side, a person with a completely clear and organized desk might not ever take the time to write down assignments or important deadlines, and will be left scrambling at the end of the month to get things done.

Being organized and detailed puts you one step ahead of everyone else. One good thing about being organized is that it helps you anticipate problems that may arise, and prepare you to be able to deal with them as they come. Those who are disorganized only end up focusing all their energies on trying to recall each task and projects they need to accomplish, and can’t handle the slightest spanner in the wheels.

4. Taking rash decisions

I understand that there are times when you need to make quick decisions but if your boss sees that you have the habit of constantly waiting till the very last-minute to make a judgment call, or if you act with your gut rather than your brain, there’s no way he’ll trust you in a higher position. You have to remain cool, calm, and collected at all times, especially when you’re under extreme pressure. Just as it is important that you remove your emotions from the situation when you’re given constructive criticism, you also have to do so when an important decision is to be made. If your boss sees that you’re able to put the company ahead of your own agenda, he’ll know you’d be able to handle a more strenuous workload.

5. Being dispassionate

You might totally hate your job, but you sure need to act like you don’t while you’re there. I don’t mean you need to act all excited when your boss hands you a huge pile of paperwork to complete, all I am saying is that you approach each assignment optimistically and know that every effort you make is benefiting the company in some way.

Make sure your boss knows that you’ll do whatever it takes to make your business thrive. Show that you’re dedicated to your job, no matter how menial the tasks you’re given may be.

6. Being dishonest

I have learnt over time that lying is one of those actions that have incredibly long-reaching consequences. Even the tiniest of exaggerations can make it difficult to trust a person ever again, regardless of how honest they had been in the past. The fact is if your boss ever catches you in a lie, he’s going to distrust every word that comes out of your mouth from then on. So, of course when it’s time for a promotion, and during the review you tell him you think you’ll be great for the job, all he’ll think you are saying is “I’ll say anything to get this job, even if I won’t follow through with my promises.” It’s true, the temptation to tell a small fib to get out of hot water here and there, but in the long-run, telling the truth will get you much farther.

7. Being Pessimistic

Of course, if you’re the ‘Negative Nancy’ of the office, your boss definitely won’t want to even consider putting you in a more influential position. It’s okay to be skeptical; it only goes to show that that you see things objectively, and anticipate problems before they occur. But if you have the habit of constantly approaching assignments with the attitude “it’ll never work,” then you are just giving off the vibe that you’re not a problem solver. Now I believe you are entitled to your opinion, but if you’re going to voice that opinion you better have a much better backup plan.

8. Complacency

I do not think that there is any job out there in modern society that does not require some sort of continuing education. If you started working somewhere with the mentality that you’ll never have to learn something new ever again, you’re setting yourself up for failure. Our society is rapidly changing in all aspects, so if you think that you’ll be doing the same good ol’job in twenty years (or even five), then you are in for a rude awakening. Policies are ever-changing, and technology continues to improve. The person who approaches each day of his life looking to learn something new will go much farther than the person who is content knowing what he knew ten years ago.

When you’re at work, it is good that you do your job and you do it well. There are no excuses! Even if you secretly hate every minute you’re in the office, you should never ever let anyone else see that side of you. I believe that if you’re paid to do something, and you should approach that task with optimism and passion. Make sure your boss takes notice of how much of a hard worker you are, but always remain humble throughout everything you do. You might not like where you are now; trust me, we were all that point sometime in our lives, but if you work hard and put your all into succeeding, you might end up with the dream job you’ve always wanted.

About Stellamaris Obomanu

Loves to read, loves to write, loves to laugh, loves life and yeah, she's as real as they come.


  1. ola@last says:

    wao… what will make me succeed has been revealed to me. Good job!

  2. Victor Mayomi says:

    Thought of knowledge.This is good.I do really appreciate the writer. You have motivated me and wake my spirit up.Thanks in a,millions.

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