10 Mistakes to Avoid at Work

Just as in life, mistakes at work are inevitable - we're human afterall. But, early in your career there are certain mistakes you're more likely to make. Here's a list of those ten common mistakes so that you can avoid them. At the end of the article is advice about what to do if you make one of these mistakes.

#1: Refusing to Ask for Help
Many entry-level professionals are reluctant to ask a boss or colleague for help because they fear they’ll appear inexperienced; but asking for help is not a sign of incompetence, or inexperience. To the contrary, it is a sign of maturity and will send a signal to your boss that you can be trusted to speak up when you are in trouble. People expect you to need help along the way, and you will do yourself a favor by asking for help when you need it. Ultimately, this will inspire confidence in your abilities and you’ll move up much faster.

#2: Showing Up Your Boss
Younger workers often believe that in order to be a star at work, you must outshine your boss; but constantly trying to show up your boss is one of the biggest mistakes you can make at the beginning of your career. Unless your boss is corrupt in some way (which is rare), you have a lot to learn from this person. Don’t compete with your boss: it is in your best interest to make him or her look good. In addition, your boss can be your champion because he or she is in the best position to recommend you for bonuses, raises, and promotions.

#3: Getting to Work Late
Punctuality is not only expected of you at the beginning of each workday, but at every meeting and company event you participate in as well. Showing up on time is especially important for entry-level hires because you need all the “face-time” you can get: your company doesn’t yet know what you’re capabilities are, and you don’t have a track record or work history to point to. Not showing up on time makes a bad first impression, and unfavorable first impressions are hard to shake.

#4: Not Learning From Your Co-Workers
Sometimes the information you need to succeed is only a desk away. Unfortunately, opportunities to learn from co-workers are often overlooked due to competitive work environments or personal insecurities. But, rather than looking at your colleagues as competitors for the next promotion, why not search for ways to build professional relationships with your co-workers, and learn as much from them as you can?  In doing so, you’ll get the added bonus of creating a more enjoyable place to work.