The worst kinds of career gaffes are those you do unintentionally. It’s easy to see why reaming out the boss or taking an unscheduled vacation might get you into hot water, but more subtle self-destructive behaviors can be just as damaging. Here are a few to watch out for.
1. You’re all business at the office
While it’s essential to be productive and possess a strong work ethic, you don’t want to be perceived as the person who couldn’t care less about her co-workers. If you never make casual conversation and are always declining happy hour invites, your managers and colleagues are going to think you don’t like them, which will cause them not to like you – and we far prefer to work with people we like and with whom we have strong personal bonds. So if there’s a clique you can tolerate, join it. The “I’m not here to make friends” attitude is a good way to ensure you aren’t there at all.
2. You don’t see the writing on the wall
Layoffs and firings rarely come completely out of nowhere. By ignoring signs that your industry or company is floundering, you are much more likely to get caught in a job loss situation from which it’s difficult to recover. For example, if more and more of your job responsibilities are being automated, you’d better start developing some skills that can’t be. And if you’ve been given a performance improvement plan, don’t get defensive. Instead, treat it like your own personal Bible and follow it to the letter.
For the remaining tips, please have a look at Intuit's Fast Track blog.