Our jobs are a big part of our lives, as we spend 8 hours a day in an office, on site managing logistics or simply working for someone. As an employee there are certain things that come to your attention that in the future you'd hope you will avoid when managing your own company just because you learn from your own mistakes or from the mistakes of others. As an observer of various situations,  one can notice that there are very evident things to avoid at any workplace to maintain a good working relationship with your colleagues, superiors and partners:

1. Never leave a matter in the "grey zone": regardless of your job description and your daily tasks, the number one thing to do is to never leave an unsettled matter in the "grey zone". Ensure that you have a clear decision made on the matter and if any further questions arise make sure you have something in writing to justify and protect yourself to say that you have done the job correctly.

2. Never humiliate an employee in public:  we all make mistakes, but it doesn't mean that a manager can humiliate a colleague by telling them off in public or worse in front of clients or other employees. Not only does this demotivate your colleague but also proves you have absolutely no respect for the job that they do. If it happened so that a person made a mistake, take them aside and talk confidentially, no need for tactless humiliation. 

3. Power struggle, is it really necessary?  we all have ambitions, and some of us want to climb the career ladder faster than the others, which is absolutely fine. However, a careful consideration is needed when it comes to the means, which do not always justify the end. Undermining someone just to prove point that you hold higher position or even worse undermining someone to use them to your advantage to advance in your career is just ridiculous. If you want to stir trouble and generate conflicts, be hungry for power-that's a recipe for disaster.

4. ​Age doesn't matter: sometimes we find ourselves in situations, where younger employees hold higher positions and we just have to accept this, as trust me this is not the end of the world - just the current dynamics of a workplace.

5. Don't blame others for your mistakes:  if you want to keep you credibility and trustworthiness have the courage to take responsibility for your actions. Don't blame others for your mistakes, that's just simply a way of showing how you can't handle responsibility and take the easy way out by finding someone else to blame.


Published by Karina Saakyan