Safeguarding Your Reputation At Work

In any organisation, it takes years to establish good working relationships with fellow employees, let alone a good reputation among bosses and clients. Yet, the very same reputation that you took years to build can be destroyed in a matter of seconds or minutes.

Take note of these 6 common pitfalls to avoid and maintain a good reputation at work!

1. Lying

Any type of lie, be it a big lie or even white lies can affect the credibility of an individual. Basically, telling one colleague something and your boss a different version of a piece of information, shows that you cannot be trusted. Eventually, you will be on the losing end of the integral on goings within the organisation as employees and bosses leave you out of conversations due to a lack of confidence.

2. Over promising and under-delivering

If you say you are going to do something, just get it done – it’s that simple! If you don’t do what you promised over a period of time, your bosses and colleagues would have lost respect for you and at any rate, you would have earned a bad reputation as a person who is not dependable.

3. Lack of mutual respect

Treating each co-worker and boss with respect creates a positive work environment. If you don’t treat others with respect, you would quickly gain a reputation as a self-centered person. Kindness goes a long way in forging a strong network of individuals within the industry which may serve you well in the future.

4. Absenteeism and taking unplanned leave when there is something urgent 

It may sound cliché, but taking excessive sick leave or going away for a vacation when an important project is due makes you look like you don’t care about the company. At the end of the day, no one wants to work with someone who is not dependable, lazy or an underachiever. In the long run, bosses will regard such conduct as disrespectful and will not have a good impression of such employees.

5. Blaming others for mistakes

This is perhaps, the fastest way to earn a bad reputation among co-workers. By throwing others under the bus you are not only disassociating with your co-workers, you give the impression that you are actually working against them! Resentment and ill feelings among co-workers are soon to follow resulting in colleagues not willing to work with you on the next major project. Be mindful that every co-worker is a potential reference and could possibly be a boss in the future. Take ownership of your work and accept accountability even it is a minor mistake.