We spend most of our waking hours at work, but it's important to keep the boundaries between work life and personal life firmly intact. It will help you maintain your integrity, ethics and good reputation, not to mention goodwill among your colleagues and boss.
While in the moment, it may be hard to remember that the world can be very small and people talk. Even if not immediate, you never know how your reputation and seemingly unnoticed actions will follow you later in life.
You've worked hard to build your career, but despite your best professional efforts, a few bad habits may still be chipping away at your success. Don't undermine your professionalism by actions done on auto-pilot that could convey uncertainty or insecurity.
The office happy hour is a chance to leave the worries and stress of the office behind and get to know your colleagues on a more personal level. No one wants to talk shop all the time, so use the happy hour as the time to mingle
Nope, I'm not writing about military service. I have come to strongly believe that we would, in fact, live in a better, kinder world if every teenager took a job in the service industry before entering adulthood.
To have good manners is to consider the emotional well-being of someone besides yourself, which is why I have often emphasized the importance of saying "thank you" to anyone who has done something for you. But is it possible to thank someone too much?
Can you please stop using the word 'besties?' You sound like a 16-year-old girl who actually has no 'besties.' Anyway, you have two choices here: confess to your friend you have a crush on him too or pass.
In the most amazing display of seat-hogging chutzpah I've ever witnessed, I once saw a man calmly pour a bottled water on the seat beside him as the train approached the station. To each "Is this seat taken?" he responded. "It's wet, I'm afraid. I spilled my drink on it."
With some bravery, a little conscious effort, and even just a smidge of creativity, we can begin to reverse the damage and actually start to reconnect with others on a basic, human level. Let's put our brains into it people.
How did I get to be such a doormat? When did I develop such a deep-rooted fear of offending others? What caused me to place other people's needs ahead of my own? What did I think would happen if (horror of horrors) I were to actually displease someone?