You may think your workplace performance speaks for itself and that everything you do is amazing, but does your boss see it that way? Blinds.com CEO Jay Steinfeld offers some of his pet peeves that might be upsetting your boss, too.
• Doing exactly what you’re told even if you know it’s wrong. If you know something won’t work or isn’t right for a given situation, speak up. The boss hired you for your brains and judgment, so use them.
• Arriving late to meetings. Routinely showing up late is rude and disrespectful. You’re saying your time is more valuable than everyone else’s. Get there on time.
• Not growing or developing. Steinfeld likes his employees to grow personally and professionally each year. He says, “continuous improvement is such an important part of ourthat those who cannot display how they’ve taken action in improving their lives and those around them may risk losing that next promotion opportunity.”
• Announcing a project will be late on the day it’s due. If there’s bad news to communicate, get it over with quickly. Announce the missed deadline or projection as soon as you know about it so everyone is on the same page and can help.
• Pretending to be perfect. No one is, so there’s no reason to act like you are. If you don’t know something, admit it and take steps to learn. Acknowledge your weaknesses and be open to feedback and coaching to help improve on them.
— Adapted from “10 Ways to Tick Off Your Boss Without Even Knowing It,” Jay Steinfeld, Inc.