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AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREChargers go winless in AFC West with season-ending loss in Kansas Citycent): “This is a sure sign you’re not getting enough sleep or bored out of your mind with the work you do,” says Andrea Kay, a career consultant and author. “If it’s the latter, find work that will stimulate you or you’ll find yourself without a job. Employers don’t take kindly to people who sleep on the job. I know several people who have been fired for it. Sometimes, it turns out people were taking prescription medication, but in two cases I know of, that didn’t save these people’s jobs. If this is your situation, talk to your manager about it before it happens.” Kissing a co-worker (39 percent): “Assuming you kiss a co-worker who wanted to be kissed by you, it’s still not a smart move at work,” Kay says. “It gets tongues wagging, which leads to questions ranging from favoritism (if you’re a manager who kissed a worker) to whether work is getting done. You will lose credibility as a professional. You’re there to work. Control yourself.” Stealing from the office (22 percent): “A lot of people rationalize this. `The company owes me who’s going to miss a box of paper clips?’ Stealing is stealing. Refrain from slipping a package of pencils in your briefcase,” Kay says. Spreading a rumor about a co-worker (22 percent): Says Kay, “If you’ve got a beef with someone, talk to him or her about it. This isn’t junior high.” If you’re a fan of “The Simpsons,” you’ve seen Homer kicked back in his chair at the nuclear power plant, feet up on his console, sound asleep. You’ve also witnessed him stealing office supplies and drinking alcohol rather than working. Oh, and then there was that almost kiss with co-worker Mindy. Homer may be the king of workplace taboos, but he’s certainly not the only one to commit them. A recent CareerBuilder.com survey of more than 5,700 workers, conducted by Harris Interactive, found an alarming number of workers have committed these and other indiscretions. The most common workplace taboos that workers admitted to taking part in include: Falling asleep at work (45 per- Consuming alcoholic beverages while on the job (21 percent): “I know people who have been fired for this, too,” Kay warns. “Their reputations have been tainted. This is a tough one to explain when you’re job hunting and the employer asks, `So why did you leave your last job?”‘ Snooping around in files and other people’s offices after hours (18 percent): “I’d think good and hard about this: What if you’re caught? Is it worth it? Is this information you should have anyway? If it is, is this something you can get in a more direct way?” Kay says. Lying about an academic background (4 percent): “I think the numbers are probably higher on this one ,” Kay says. “If and when an employer finds out, you’re in deep trouble. I’ve known people who were desperate to get hired and rationalized that this was the only way to be competitive. They listed degrees they didn’t have or schools that they had never attended on their resumes. Of the people I know who did get hired but were later found out, they were typically fired from the job they worked so hard to get. Think about the consequences before you do it: Is it worth it?” Taking credit for someone else’s work (2 percent): Comments Kay: “This is not only a taboo, it can come back to bite you. You may be portraying yourself as someone with knowledge and expertise you don’t have and later get assigned a project you can’t handle. It’s also a sure-fire way to alienate co-workers who did the work. A big part of work is developing relationships with co-workers and people who work for you. This will create enemies, not allies. If you have to take credit for others’ work, you need to look at why that is.” For more information Books: Life’s a Bitch and Then You Change Careers: 9 Steps to Get Out of Your Funk and On to Your Future by Andrea Kay; The Simpsons Handbook: Secret Tips from the Pros by Matt Groening Web sites: http://monster.typepad.com/ monsterblog/2006/02/at_work_bad_can.html; http://abcnews.go.com/Business/Careers/ story?id=1311842&Business=true Dawn Anfuso is a South Bay-based business writer and former managing editor of Workforce magazine. If you have workplace or job-search questions, write to Dawn Anfuso, c/o Daily Breeze, 5215 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, CA 90503-4077, e-mail Dawn at [email protected]
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