Want to get on your manager’s good side? Don’t let the details slide.
In a new survey by staffing firm Accountemps, 35% of chief financial officers cited poor attention to detail or sloppy work as the most annoying behavior by co-workers. For 28% of respondents, gossiping or engaging in office politics was their biggest pet peeve, marking a 5% increase from a similar survey in 2011.
Missing deadlines (17%), being late (12%) and presenting others’ ideas as one’s own (8%) rounded out the top five workplace pet peeves.
To meet expectations for work quality—and avoid earning a reputation as a sloppy worker—Accountemps suggests professionals apply the following five strategies:
Reduce distractions. Set aside dedicated time to focus solely on a task, while avoiding outside “noise” like texts and emails.
Simplify big projects. The mad dash to meet the deadline on a massive project makes it easier for mistakes to happen. Avoid this scenario by dividing work into smaller, more manageable tasks.
Take a break. Spending long hours on the computer can be exhausting. A short pause during the workday or stepping out of the office can help give fresh perspective when returning later to the assignment.
Enlist help from co-workers. Build time into the process for a trusted colleague to provide a second pair of eyes to check accuracy and work quality.
Take time to assess expectations. Meet briefly with your manager at the start of a complex assignment to discuss goals and clarify any outstanding issues.