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Expert reveals 'quickest way' to ruin your career

Are you guilty of these? Image: Getty
Are you guilty of these? Image: Getty

How many times have you seen jokes on social media about how a shared dislike for one person can bring friends together?

Bad news: this attitude is one of the most dangerous for your career, businesswoman and career mentor Amanda Rose told Yahoo Finance.

“Things that will ruin your career? Number one would be gossip,” Rose said.

“Unfortunately gossip is perceived as relationship building in a lot of workplaces, so you need to be quite savvy to understand that when you’re talking about someone, either this is a positive conversation or are you talking about someone in a negative way.”

She said ongoing gossip is the “quickest way” to ruin career possibilities.

Resentment another major turn-off

Rose said another thing to watch out for is a resentful attitude.

“[Approaches] like, ‘They don’t pay me enough to do it,’ or, ‘Someone else always gets the credit,’ can just justify bad behaviour,” she said.

“The thing is, if you don’t like your job, take it up with your manager.”

Uh oh, I’m guilty of all of this

Rose said those who feel themselves slipping into these patterns of behaviour have the power to change them.

“Go home and reinvent yourself overnight. Say to yourself, ‘What’s my career plan? Where do I want to be in five years?’”

She said those who are struggling with resentment need to remember their current job is paying them to learn, grow and deliver on projects that will set themselves up for future jobs.

“See it as an opportunity to learn and get paid to do so, and apply things. You need to take advantage of learning how to relate to people, you might talk to your boss about doing a course - but you need to change your mindset.”

She said reframing it as a place of learning will make a “massive difference”.

New year dissatisfaction

Rose’s advice comes as workers gear up for a new year, and potentially new jobs. However, workers are still tackling the ramifications of a hellish 2020.

According to LinkedIn Glint research, there’s been a 33 per cent increase in the risk of burnout as the pandemic, social isolation and layoffs took their toll.

Burnout often results in cynicism, intolerance, negative thinking and fatigue. According to SEEK psychologist Sabina Read, it’s important to know when a mental health day is needed to address burnout.

“One day away from work can help to create perspective and re-set,” she said.

“However, ongoing strategies are needed to ensure a more long-term and sustainable sense of wellbeing.”

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