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Something as simple as word choice can mean the difference between maintaining success on the job and watching your career spiral downwards. In order to get ahead in the workplace, it’s important to ensure that the words coming out of your mouth are working for you, rather than against you. Here’s a look at three bad habits that are easy to unwittingly fall into.

Negative talk

Even optimistic people have bad days, but it’s best to keep your negative thoughts out of the office. Speaking negatively about anything, work-related or not, drags down the room’s mood. Even if superiors don’t consciously think of you as a negative person, speaking negatively may subconsciously make them feel less confident in you, which won’t bode well when it comes time to hand out promotions. Focus on pointing out the positives in any situation, and you’ll be seen as an optimistic go-getter.

Gossiping about others

Gossip can start off as innocent ramblings and quickly turn poisonous. It’s best not to gossip about anyone, even if you’re confident your coworkers don’t know the person. You want to avoid being labeled as a “gossiper,” since this quality is highly unbecoming of an upper-level manager and may prevent you from receiving a promotion. As a supervisor, your subordinates will need to feel comfortable coming to you with their problems, and that simply won’t be the case if you are known for gossiping.

Saying “I’m busy” or “that is impossible”

When one of your superiors comes to you with work and you’re already swamped, there’s a right way and a wrong way to handle the situation. Telling someone you’re “too busy” is never optimal. Instead, shift your other tasks and priorities to make time or ask a coworker to give you hand. Similarly, if you think a task is unrealistic, find a way to get it completed, and then make suggestions for improvement. Let your superior know what challenges you encountered. Offer ideas that will make completing similar tasks more efficient in the future.

For additional advice on advancing your supply chain career and maintaining success on the job, contact Optimum Supply Chain Recruiters.

Don Jacobson
Don Jacobson
Don Jacobson was born and raised in New York City, and graduated with a B.A. degree in Management from the City University of New York. For 10 years, Don managed Operations and Supply Chain departments for consumer products companies. He then turned his attention to supply chain recruiting and for the past 27 years, has specialized in recruiting and placing supply chain executives throughout North America. Don is certified by the National Association of Personnel Consultants. He was a Partner at Hunt Ltd., and more recently was the Founder and Managing Partner of LogiPros LLC, a logistics recruiting firm. Don is a regular contributor of topical human resource articles for DC Velocity magazine, the CSCMP Supply Chain Comment, and The WERCSheet, published by the Warehousing Education and Research Council (WERC). He is Past President of the NY/NJ/CT chapter of WERC

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