7. Wearing rags to work because it’s part of your brand.
I’m exaggerating by saying “rags,” but the point is that dressing well will help you get promoted and wearing something inappropriate for work, can get you fired over time, if you refuse to change. A survey by Harris Interactive and Gillette reveals that 84% of HR professionals agree that well-groomed employees climb the corporate ladder faster than those who aren’t. They put more emphasis on attire than a handshake! Now, I know what you’re going to say, “but Dan, what if a mohawk or face Tattoo is part of my brand”? How are you going to get a job or be taken seriously that way though? There are common social norms that are accepted in the workplace and how you dress and act is how you’ll be judged by everyone around you. If you want to be so far outside of the norm, then don’t get a corporate job in the first place!
8. Posting inappropriate photos on Facebook, forgetting that your profile is public.
Ray Lam, a former NDP candidate for Vancouver-False Creek was forced to resign from his job when photographs were discovered on Faceobook. One picture showed him palming a woman’s breast and another with his pants down and two people pulling at his underwear. I was going to post the photo here, but it’s too inappropriate for this blog (see for yourself
). There are other examples of this happening, such as a teacher being fired
for her MySpace picture and a nursing home assistent
taking pictures with her patients. I have knews for you: you don’t own your profiles on social networks. That’s right, Facebook owns your profile and companies can pay Facebook for that information. Always think of your profile as public!
9. Spending more time on yourself than being productive during work hours.
A company’s main reason for not allowing social networks at work (aside from legal ramifications for financial institutions, etc) is they feel a productivity loss. If you’re sharing advice on your social networks at work and blogging, then where is the real business value, unless you’re in a social media specialist type role. Companies are looking for you to bring in revenue, decrease costs or at least bring in some ROI for the expense they’re paying for you to work there. If you can’t do that because you’re building your brand at work, then get ready for a big fat pink slip because you’re easily replaceable, now that there’s 6.3 job seekers for every job.
10. Calling in sick, when you’re not, so that you can focus on your brand.
32% of workers have called in sick when they were well at least once this year and 28% of employers think more employees are absent with fake excuses because of the economy, reports Careerbuilder.com
. I know you love your blog and you want to get your name out there, but dishonesty will come back to haunt you. If you aren’t sick, then show up to work please. You can always work on building your brand when you get home from work. Also, when you do excellent work during regular hours, that can do wonders for your brand.