7 Ways You Are Sabotaging Your Own Career
Have you found yourself in a situation where you feel stuck on your job? You still haven’t been promoted and that is kind of frustrating you. You feel that you’re not improving your skills and that you aren’t getting any good out of your 9-5 work.
Is your boss or your coworkers really the ones to blame? Well, they might be. But it also might be that you aren’t giving your best to become better and attract better opportunities your way. Maybe it’s the way you talk to your coworkers, or maybe it’s the way you approach your work.
The reason behind your work-related dissatisfaction might actually lay in how you work and in your business behavior. Let’s take a look at all the ways you could be self-sabotaging your career whether you’re employed in a company or developing your own business.
Ways You Are Sabotaging Your Career
1. Not Managing Up
If you have a boss and work in a company with multiple employees, managing up could set you above your team and increase your chances of getting a higher position. What does it mean?
Basically, it means that you are thinking ahead of what are your established duties. In essence, if you only do what your manager tells you to, you are probably only going to stay where you were first accepted. On the other hand, if you think about ways to help your manager or improve certain aspects of the business, you will easily be set apart from your other colleagues in your boss’ eyes.
2. Not Showing Initiative
Initiative is the main way to show your boss that you care about the company’s interests. Not all your ideas have to be 100% brilliant, but if you share once in a while thoughts that you’re having about how to improve a certain segment it will likely sparkle up your boss’ mind.
They will look at you differently, and they will certainly appreciate your effort to think further than what you’re assigned for. If you often take initiative, your employer will surely have you in mind when the time of promotion comes.
Since it is a sign of a committed worker, your boss will likely take your assertiveness into account if you ask for a pay raise.
3. Not Investing In Your Knowledge
A great way to support your career growth is to always invest in your knowledge. The most valuable employees are the ones that dedicate their time to learn and master new skills and the ones that always bring new insights and news relevant to the business inside the company.
This point is especially important if you’re self-employed. The only way you will be able to grow and earn more if you remain hungry for knowledge. Write down your best skills and give your best to perfect them, write down all the skills that you still don’t have but that would radically improve your career.
Do your research, find courses and interesting books and start learning!
4. Complaining Instead Of Looking For Solutions
Complaining is never a good sign. When you complain, you focus on the problem, instead of focusing on the solution. If there’s a reccurring problem in your office, try thinking about solutions that could improve your company’s working athmosphere, productivity or workflow.
Although bosses and managers might seem distant in some moments, they are still humans that might be struggling with resolving certain issues. Maybe you can give your boss an idea on how to make something better or share a tip on how to resolve a problem that has been repeating every month. Rest assured that your boss will be impressed and that he will most likely find a way to reward you, sooner or later.
5. Being Overly Emotional
This is probably one of the first thing everybody learns with their first job, but it can never be repeated enough – There’s no place for emotions in business.
You don’t have to be a heartless robot while you work, but having an armour that will protect you from stress bursts is necessary for almost all jobs. When things get out of the hand, try not to get too upset because this will only make you more stressed and reduce your productivity and problem-solving skills.
Take a moment to have a walk or meditate and get back to business completely calm.
6. Not Being Curious Enough
Never stop asking questions. Employees that are interested for different aspects of the business are usually the ones most likely to be promoted.
Although there are some things that your boss probably wouldn’t like you to ask, he/she would probably be more than happy to explain most things about their business. If you wish to learn something your coworker knows doing, ask if they would show you how to do it on your break.
If you’re self-employed, don’t be afraid to join as many groups on Facebook and ask a bunch of questions about your business or other people’s tips in managing their workflow, increasing their motivation etc. You never know who you can meet and what you can discover.
7. Being Too Idealistic
If you’re expecting perfection, you are probably going to be disappointed every single day, or you will end up losing too much time until you reach what you consider “a job perfectly done”.
Being detail-oriented is a plus in every job, but being too idealistic might be a career-killer. Why? Well, the truth is that whatever you’re doing, you should find a point in which you are satisfied with the quality of your work and in which you’re aware that you would be wasting time if you decided to continue improving little details of your work/product/service.
Idealistic people tend to obsess over details that hardly anyone would notice, while a job done more quickly without all the changes that make it “perfect”, might simply be more than enough to proceed successfully with what you’re doing.