10 types of bad workplace behavior

09/06/15 at 07:01 AM | Published Under Job Openings by Larry Hannappel

 

Bad behavior and a negative attitude at work may be more common than in the past. But bosses still don’t like it, and those who exhibit such behavior should expect career consequences.

A CareerBuilder survey suggests bad attitudes are encountered daily on the job.  However, CareerBuilder also found that bosses don’t like it and will hold it against the perp when it comes to promotion time.

Here are the types of bad behavior identified by the CareerBuilder survey, and how often workers said they witnessed it.

1. Whining: 55 percent

2. Pouting over something that didn’t go his/her way: 46 percent

3. Tattling on another co-worker: 44 percent

4. Playing a prank on another co-worker: 36 percent

5. Making a face behind someone’s back: 35 percent

6. Forming a clique: 32 percent

7. Starting a rumor about a co-worker: 30 percent

8. Storming out of the room: 29 percent

9. Throwing a tantrum: 27 percent

10. Refusing to share resources with others: 23 percent  

When those surveyed were asked to identify specific examples of workplace acting out they’d seen, here’s what they said:

Company owner threw tantrums, yelled and slammed doors when he didn’t get his way.

Employee hid to get away from duties and work responsibility.

Employee intentionally set up a co-worker to get him/her in trouble.

Employee ate other employees’ food from the company refrigerator.

Employee blocked parking spots to prevent other employees from parking closer to the front door.

Employee gossiped about all of his direct reports, then pretended to be their advocate.

Employee constantly pulled up inappropriate content on her cell phone and showed it to her “clique.”

Employee went to lunch and never came back.

Even though such instances may happen frequently, that doesn’t mean bosses have to take it and like it. When an earlier CareerBuilder survey asked bosses about certain types of bad behavior and its consequences, here’s what came back.

Negativity: 62 percent say they are less likely to promote employees who have a negative or pessimistic attitude (whining, pouting, etc.).

Vulgar language: 51 percent consider vulgar language an indication that an employee is not ready for promotion.

Gossip: 44 percent say they would think twice before moving an employee who participates in office gossip up the ranks.

Sloppiness: Employees who do not clean up after themselves can hurt their chances for a promotion in the eyes of 36 percent of employers.

 

About the Author

Larry-hannapel Larry Hannappel

Larry spent 16 years with Century Casino's and was instrumental in the start-up and growth of the company through expansions in Canada, South Africa, the Czech Republic, Poland and on several cruise ships as well as in Colorado. He was most recently the SVP, Principal Finance Officer and COO of North American operations for Century Casinos Inc., a multinational, Nasdaq-traded gaming company. Earlier in his career, Larry worked at the Johns Manville Corp. Larry spent 13 years in various accounting and finance functions in the company’s fiberglass manufacturing division and was key in the start-up of a molding plant in Indiana. Larry and his wife Kathy and three children live in Colorado. He enjoys four-wheeling, motorcycling, golfing, skiing and brewing beer.

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