The Office Mistakes Employees Make in the Workplace


There are so many changes to keep up with in today’s workplace.

Automation and technological developments are making workflow and communication easier, while economic changes are causing companies to take a closer look at how they do business so they can attract (and retain) the right talent.

As an employee (or “teammate”, as we like to call our staff at DOCUmation) at a company you love, you’ll want to avoid the office mistakes that can put a dent in your productivity — or your relationship with management.

Here are some words of wisdom to help both sides avoid the common mistakes made at work.

Office Mistakes to Avoid as an Employee

Even the best, most productive employees can have an off day — or week. But when you compound this with consistent behavior that’s not conducive to teamwork or productivity, you can stand out as an employment risk rather than a benefit.

Here are a few of the most common office mistakes:

Too Much Multitasking

An ability to multitask is often a sought-after skill that employers look for. They want to know that the person they’re hiring is able to handle multiple projects or tasks at the same time, especially if the environment is a fast-moving one. However, sometimes too much multitasking can be detrimental and can cause you to lose focus on priority tasks. Need an example? How about the employee that’s in a high-level meeting and is on their mobile phone replying to texts or email? Sure, it might be “business-related”, but those tasks are likely keeping you from engaging with your team and paying attention to what is going on in the meeting — and that can come across as dismissive or rude.

Next time you’re in a meeting and you find yourself trying to “multitask”, focus on the purpose of the meeting and give the person talking your undivided attention. You’d be surprised how quick a meeting can go when everyone is focused on the agenda of the meeting, and not their own agendas.

Complaining About Your Workplace

Not only does complaining waste time, but it also produces some pretty bad side effects. It can create factions within the workplace, strengthen the feeling of dissatisfaction, disrupt productivity, banish trust, and make you appear negative overall.

At DOCUmation, we want “culture heroes”: people who build up our team and bring positivity and encouragement to those around them, creating a culture of service. Our team is empowered to speak to their managers when they feel an issue arise. By building an environment of open, honest dialogue, we find that our teammates are happier now that they’ve been heard and both the company and the teammate get valuable insight into how we can each improve, too.

Complaining for the sake of complaining does nobody any good. Providing feedback in an effort to create change is great for everyone.

Not Being a Team Player

Putting individual goals ahead of group goals is a common office misstep — and one you should avoid. You want to focus on actions that benefit the group overall, making yourself an integral part of a bottom-line-enhancing solution.

Remember, team building is a process that develops over time, so take it slow and easy when developing solid relationships with your coworkers.

Are You the Boss? Here’s How to Deal with Office Mistakes

It’s never easy to watch employees struggle with finding their place in a workplace — whether they’re a new hire or a long-timer that is dealing with shifts in departments or work tasks.

To deal with complaining or gossiping, education is critical.

Share with your team the ways that gossip and complaining can demoralize their teammates and explore the destructive impact it can have, not only in the workplace, but to the reputations of those spreading it.

For those employees that don’t want to cooperate with their coworkers, it’s essential to meet both separately and together to discuss communication challenges and help them craft their own solutions. Make sure you clearly state your organization’s emphasis on teamwork and explain why it’s important to your corporate culture.

For those multi-taskers in your group, address the issue at an all-hands meeting. Discuss office policies on meeting etiquette, if appropriate, or address the use of personal devices. If the issue persists, or there are larger issues, such as unmet deadlines, it’s wise to counsel employees on a one-on-one basis.

No matter what is going on in your office, always be sure to look at all sides of an issue, consider employee feedback, and give your employees a way for their voices to be heard.

DOCUmation — a Great Place to Work

DOCUmation is a technology solutions company that has provided customers with IT, print, and software managed services for nearly 30 years.

We are also a family.

In fact, we’re guided by third-generation leadership that’s committed to integrity and Texas-style values. We’re here to serve our customers by providing technology solutions to businesses who value exceptional service.

We have high standards for daily excellence, and we’re inspired to create a fun work environment while we build successful relationships in our community, with our customers, and with our employees.

In fact, we’ve been so successful that we’ve been awarded as the Best Place to Work by the San Antonio Business Journal for ten years in a row.

For more information on our growing family or the services we offer, check out DOCUmation’s website today.



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