Don’t Get Caught! 10 Workplace Antics You Shouldn’t Pull (In Gifs)

September 10, 2015  |  
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The next time you feel like acting a fool on the job, you might want to think twice before doing so. You could very well find yourself on hold to get unemployment benefits — assuming management doesn’t fire you for horrible behavior. A study from Careerbuilder already broke down childish behavior in the workplace that’s a little too common, but lets take things an additional step with these workplace antics that will likely get you booted from your job.

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Getting caught doing everything but your job

It’s one thing if you have a slow day, but five in a row? At least try to look like you’re busy!

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Making things unnecessarily long because you want to be dramatic

Hate to break it to ya, but your job does not revolve around you. Try to keep all “woe is me” antics to a minimum as they work against productivity.

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Not wanting to lend a helping hand

There’s a fine line between trying to take care of your business and being flat out difficult to work with. While it’s always great to shine on your own, you also need to show you can work well with others.

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Selling people out/Throwing people under the bus

It’s OK if you want to be a lone ranger, but why do you have to broadcast it — or sell people out for that matter to advance your position? Please don’t be one of those people who pretend to be nice but are quick to throw someone under the bus.

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Making threats…even if you’re playing

Given the events in the news regarding workplace violence, now is not the time to make threats to your co-worker — jokingly or otherwise.

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Filing a complaint to HR about EVERYTHING

For goodness sake, don’t you have a job to do? While certain situations are understandable, kindly take HR off speed dial.

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Calling for a group meeting every time you get in your feelings

If you constantly find yourself scheduling a “quick chat” with your boss and co-workers, please stop. Eventually folks are going to get tired of you crying about every little thing that happens.

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Taking friendly competition to another level

Obviously there might be a time during your professional career when you need to compete with a colleague for a position. One can only hope you stay professional and not get caught up in immature, “look at me, I’m better” behavior.

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Barging in on people like you don’t have good sense

A good way to piss off your boss and co-workers is to interrupt them in an unprofessional manner. This is where good judgement,and common sense for that matter, come into play.

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Trying to make physical advances to get ahead

Um, yeah, this just isn’t cool on any level. You want people to promote you based on your skills that you bring to the table — and not because of work you did on your back (or any other position). Keep your business and professional life separate.

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