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7 Bad Work Habits You Need to Change Right Now

Have you been at your job for a long time? That’s both a good and bad thing. It’s good to have a stable job, but it can also be bad if you start to relax too much. Once you’ve been at a job for a while, it’s tempting to get comfortable. Unfortunately, if you get too comfy, you can sometimes develop horrible work habits. Here are seven bad habits you need to stop practicing today.

1. Showing up late

Man looking at watch

Man looking at watch Make an effort to be on time for work. | iStock.com

Maybe you’re not a morning person, but you’re going to have to learn to wake up earlier if you want to keep your job. Consistently arriving after your agreed-upon start time not only shows lack of discipline but also disrespect for your manager and co-workers. Roughly 1 in 4 workers admitted to being late at least once a month. Even worse, about 13% said they’re late once a week, according to a recent CareerBuilder survey.

If you have a valid reason for the lateness, arrange a meeting with your boss to explain your situation. Most of the time, ignoring the problem and hoping it will go unnoticed will not work in your favor. An employer will eventually grow weary of your tardiness and fire you for disregarding company policy. About 1 in 5 of employers CareerBuilder surveyed said they have fired an employee for tardiness.