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29 Signs You Lack Self-Awareness At Work

29 Signs You Lack Self-Awareness At Work

Your Lack of Self-Awareness Reminds Me of Me

Dr. Carl Jung, the late Swiss psychiatrist, once said, “Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to an understanding of ourselves.”  Society, including you and me, needs to learn from the annoying habits of others. We need to learn how our actions affects others. In other words, we need a big dose of self-awareness.

Bad Habits at Work

People are living like they are the only humans on the planet. Also, have you noticed the growing loss of self-awareness among people at work? Bad habits at work have become very, very annoying. The lack of self-awareness is leading to dangerous habits, overall safety concerns, rudeness, incivility, among many more toxic work-life issues.

Definition – Self–aware·ness, noun: knowledge and awareness of your own personality or character. (Merriam-Webster)

29 Signs You Lack Self-Awareness At Work

#1 Hurriedly jumping into the elevator before people on the inside can exit

#2 Talking loudly while on your desk or cell phone

#3 Using vulgar language

#4 Being angry all the time

#5 Wearing strong-smelling perfume or cologne

#6 Carrying-on conversations about sensitive personal business, life or medical issues while in an open office arrangement

#7 Continually carrying-on personal business

#8 No eye contact during conversations

#9 Limp handshakes

#10 Leaving dirty dishes or messes in the sink, counter or microwave

#11 The habitual act of roaming the halls to chat and waste time

#12 Texting, typing or answering the phone during one-on-one conversations

#13 Dressing like a hooker or pimp

#14 Bad breath

#15 Body odor

#16 Smacking gum

#17 Eating strong-smelling food at your desk while the aroma fills the office

#18 Stealing company snack foods from the company kitchen

#19 Stealing stuff, period

#20 Smoking at the building entrance

#21 Throwing cigarette butts anywhere but the trash

#22 Leaving voice mail messages that simply say, “call me” without saying the reason for the call

#23 Not flushing the toilet

#24 Not washing your hands before leaving the restroom

#25 Speeding in the parking lot

#26 Taking two parking spots

#27 The habit of bringing children to work

#28 Telling someone they’re fat or need to work out

#29 Assuming people want to hear about your latest non-life-threatening and disgusting medical issue

Kevin Kennemer is founder of The People Group based in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Kevin is driven by his passion for company owners and their need to earn a profit, employees' desire for a positive and fulfilling work experience, and the community that benefits when both groups do well.

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  1. […] Because we’re built to lack self-awareness, we need feedback to understand ourselves better. If you find yourself fighting against feedback, ask yourself why this is. If you are self-aware, more feedback will simply help you better understand what you already know. This can also help improve your self-awareness at work. […]

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