Things You Should Not Do At Work

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Published: 19 Jul 2016      

Getting a new job creates a strange mix of emotions. While pride and elation are natural, as you may well have just landed the career that you have been dreaming about for years, this will also often be mixed in with nerves and a little anxiety as you start to get stressed about how you will be expected to act in the work environment. To help you along, the team at Sonographers Medical have compiled a list of a few things that you should make sure you don’t do when you start your new role.

Not Listening

It is crucial that you take in everything during your first few weeks in your role. Your induction will teach you all of the basics that you need to keep in mind to do your job properly, while the people around you will be able to provide valuable workplace wisdom that you can apply to your own role. Those who don’t listen tend to find that they make a lot more mistakes, which can lead to poor first impressions being made with colleagues and employers.

Sucking Up

While it is crucial that you make a good impression with management, especially if you have aspirations of moving further with your career, you need to be very wary of sucking up to your boss. Many of your colleagues will see this as an attempt to play politics in an effort to get yourself ahead and most bosses will be savvy to the tactic to the point where it can actually be counterproductive.

Bringing Your Baggage To Work

It can often be difficult to separate our personal lives from our professional ones, but it is important that you learn to do so quickly. Bringing your baggage to work, which can include everything from making dramatic phone calls to people during working hours through to spending a lot of time moaning about personal problems, will not only make you seem unprofessional but can also serve to distract your colleagues from their own work. If senior management picks up on this, you may find yourself landing in hot water.


Politics play a part in many workplaces, which can make it fairly difficult to avoid. However, you should make a concerted effort to not get too involved with these sorts of shenanigans, as gossip almost always seems to find its way to either you management or the person that you are talking about. As a general rule, you should keep your opinions about others to yourself and not try to engage in gossiping in order to ruin the reputation of others.

Come Into Work Sick

This is an important one to remember, especially when in the medical profession. Working sick lowers your ability to make the correct decisions, plus you run the risk of making others ill in the bargain. This can be especially bad if you introduce a bug that spreads around the workplace, as it lowers the productivity of the entire group, which has a direct effect on the company.

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