Are You Burning Your Professional Bridges?
Is it possible that you could be sabotaging your career without even knowing it? Your professional reputation is the foundation of how high and far your career can progress. People don’t need to like you, but through your integrity they should respect your skills, accomplishments, and work ethic. If you find that you can’t get a job or can’t get that promotion you want, then maybe one of these reasons is the cause of it?
You’re Missing Too Many Deadlines?
In order for people to trust you, you’ve got to provide value to your employers and co-workers in the form of reliability. If you’re given a deadline, you must meet that deadline to provide value. If you miss that deadline, you’re eliminating a level of value from your production. If you continue to miss deadlines, then your reliability will be questioned. Once your reliability is questioned, anyone who is perceived as being more reliable is going to get more opportunities than you will.
You’re Overpromising and Underdelivering?
The trademark of the workaholic is to promise more than they can deliver. As the deadline for this work approaches, they realize that they’ve taken on too much work and so they rush through it so that all of it can be delivered. Employers want quality above quantity, however, and are often less than impressed with a job that you haven’t put 100% of your focus into. The more you underdeliver, the less reliable your word will be to people. If you can’t be trusted, you aren’t going to get opportunities.
You Resist Accountability?
Every office and work environment has that one person who takes all the credit for the good stuff that happens and blames everyone else for the bad stuff that happens. It can be tough to admit an error, but that admission in itself shows that you’re willing to be accountable for everything that you say and do. That accountability also leads to confidence in your ability to be responsible with more important job duties – assuming you don’t make lots of unforced errors. On the other hand, the credit hog will just be kept in the corner, rarely getting to see the light of day.
You Just Prefer To Be Alone At Work?
The unfortunate fact about the modern workplace environment is that it is impossible to be anti-social. You’ve got to interact with supervisors, managers, executives, clients, co-workers, visitors, and plenty of other people every day. If you don’t like these social encounters, then chances are you’re going to find that you’ll be passed over professionally for someone who is willing to engage people willingly instead of reluctantly.
It is easy to burn bridges today, but it is also easy to build bridges with integrity and a strong work ethic. No one is asking you to be everything to everyone! The primary expectation is that you will do what you say you can do and finish a job on time with a good overall quality. If you can do that consistently, you won’t have to worry about having any bridges burned.