What are you really telling your colleagues?

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In an ideal world you would be judged on only the quality of your work, but this real life. Everything you do at work counts, and you can be sure that nothing goes unnoticed by your colleagues and your boss. Here’s what signals you’re really sending to the people around you.

Who do you choose to spend your time with?
If you always spend time with colleagues who slack at work and do just what they’re required to do, chances are your colleagues will start putting you in the same light. The same goes for the opposite; if you choose to hang around people who are successful and well-perceived in the business your co-workers will think that you have the same qualities.

When do you leave work?
Do you moan about it only being 4 pm and impatiently wait for 5 pm to strike and then leave? Be careful – you might be seen as someone who is not committed to your job and only putting in the bare minimum. If you work flexi hours then it’s a different story, of course. But try not to run out the office the minute the clock strikes 5. If you can, try to leave around the same time as your colleagues.

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How do you dress for work?
You don’t have to overdress with a suit and tie every day, but make sure you come across as professional. If you dress like a twelve-year-old, you’ll be seen as one. Your clothes says volumes about your personality and your professionalism.

Are you active in meetings?
While in meetings, do you actively participate and contribute or sit silently and appear uninterested? By contributing to a meeting, even just a little, you’re seen as having a keen interest in the company. If you don’t or even start texting on your phone, your co-workers will think you couldn’t care less about the projects at hand or the company. 

Is your office space personalised? 
You spend most of your day at your desk, why not personalised it to suit you? Putting up a photo or two of loved ones or a nice pot plant could imply that you’re there to stay. Just make sure your trimmings are not overboard and you don’t interfere with your colleague’s workspace.

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