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They're heeeeereee!

They exist everywhere.  No one is safe from them.  You can try and hide but they WILL find you.

Bad behaviours!  You try really had to be the best you can be at the office, but maybe your best is too much. (Over helping can be bad you know)  Bad behaviours run the gamut, everything from bad communication and one-up man-ship, to lack of skills and more.  It's even worse, when it's exhibited by your boss.

One of my pet peeves, is disorganization.  I will never understand people who cannot prioritize, plan ahead or track items that they need.  It will actually put my teeth on edge and make my skin crawl. But I have to remember that it's not the same for everyone. They're not necessarily into or bothered by the things that bother me.

Katharine Brooks, executive director of the office of personal and career development at Wake Forest University and author of You Majored in What? Mapping Your Path from Chaos to Career, says the word “disorganized” can be used to mean many things. “It could be a failure to see the big picture and approach issues strategically; difficulty remembering important deadlines, meetings, projects, etc.; or failure to set goals and prioritize what is important for the office.”  All of the struggle towards deadlines that we miss, or the constant fixing of preventable mistakes, can be avoided with a little tiny bit of organization and planning.

Another peeve are the team members who, almost consciously, bury their head in metaphorical sand like an ostrich when problems arise.  They see a problem, but they avoid raising the alarm.  Or the deal goes south on them as they work on it and they pretend to not see it while they frantically try and bail the deal out.  There are the high maintenance people who constantly need hand-holding or approval from their team and managers. Or the people who come to work to vent their drama-filled spleen all over everyone - just more examples of bad behaviour.  Being able to talk a good game is a great motivational tool for a team, but all talk and no payout can be frustrating.

So how can we manage or avoid bad behaviours?  We can:

  1. Focus on our own, the team's or our manager's strengths.  Keeping an eye on and communicating from the positive will make things less frustrating.

  2. Write things down!  So many times bad communication could have been avoided if people had written things down and reviewed the text for clarity and context.

  3. Be Sherlock Holmes - find the answers!  Ferret out the ways you could save money or avoid conflict in a way that most impacts you and your team for the better.

  4. Share the workload.  "Many hands make light work," right?  Why not involve more people if you're in the middle of a big project; it will go faster and you might enjoy the socialization of being around other people.

  5. Keep things simple and clear.  Avoid over-complicating project so that they look "cool" or "hot" or "important".  My mom used to say that no one likes a show off and she was right.  Plus, by keeping things simple and clear, you'll be able to listen and communicate much more effectively with those around you.

  6. High quality support. Lastly, treat your teammates, coworkers and managers as though THEY were your clients and give them the level of responsiveness you'd expect.

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