A neat and tidy worker definitely looks more pleasant and approachable than an employee who looks like he/she is in a mess. Messy hairdo, bad dress sense, body odour are turn-offs to anyone. Looking unkempt reflects a lot about how you deal with work. It infers that your files are everywhere, your handwriting is bad, and you are simply disorganised. Well, it may not be the case, but it's human nature to infer.
Look at your very best everyday so that you are well-respected by your colleagues and boss. It increases your self-esteem as well. But don't go overboard with heavy make-up and strong perfume everyday, it can be a turn-off too. Look at the mirror and ask if you like how you look, do you need a hair-cut or a makeover to increase your success at work, and work towards it.
It is common that people arrive at work on the dot but start off the day with a chit-chat in the pantry, taking their own sweet time to consume their breakfast before they get to their seat. By the time they start work, it would have been 30mins-1hr later. Employees should be aware that your boss and colleagues are aware of your daily habits. They may not mention anything, but it may not look so good on you, unless you are a fantastic performer, your boss most probably wouldn't mind.
Most employers wouldn't mind that you arrive work a little later by up to 15 mins. But 30mins-1hr could be a stretch. If lunch time is an hour, exceeding slightly wouldn't harm but there are employees who spend 2 hours during lunch and go back on time. It reflects very badly on the person, he/she will be seen as someone who is advantageous and who likes to bend the rules. It can be inferred that the person has no ethics or is dishonest as well.
3. Ethics and honesty
Some employees have no understanding of ethical standards at work and spread toxicity around the office. Such employees love to bad-mouth for their own advantage, spread rumours, and have no inhibition to cause any shame or embarrassment to anyone. They may have the habit of going to their bosses to complain about others frequently to jeopardise their position or promotion. Though your boss may listen, but it may not look good on yourself if you do this too often.
This is different from a constructive feedback. Your boss may perceive you as a trouble-maker and may be wary of you. Your colleagues may shun you if they realise this about you and you may not know why. There are back-stabbers who love to look good in front of everyone else but are non-confrontational. However, they provide negative or false feedback of others to jeopardise their careers.
Such actions can be a character degradation of oneself, so be cautious of this. Words can spread around among people from different companies through their connections about you, and you may not know why things do not turn out well for you in your next phase of working life.
Some sales professionals go to the extent of forging contracts for the sake of reporting false sales figures. Remember, the truth will be out, sooner or later. You will lose your job and reputation. Not worth the risk at all.
Focus on being productive at work and excel in what you do. But do dress well, look good, be punctual and be ethical in your ways to create a positive impression among your colleagues and employers. It is not worth the effort to think of unethical ways to put yourself in a better position. You will put yourself in a negative light as a person by doing so, so avoid negative actions at all means. Focus on your success and the team's and company's success, and your efforts will come to fruition.
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