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10 types of bad workplace behavior

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.

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