Have You Committed Any of These 7 Deadly Career Sins?

Forget wrath, sloth, and greed -- the workplace has its own deadly sins, according to career experts at The Sydney Morning Herald. Their list of unforgivable office transgressions is food for thought for any working person.


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Here are a few of the most deadly (although the whole list is worth a read):

1. Arrogance

Not quite the same thing as pride, arrogance is partly a sin of omission; in this case, forgetting to listen to the point of view of your co-workers, and assuming you always know best in every situation.

2. Selfishness

There's no "I" in "team," but you wouldn't prove it by the selfish worker, who is never around when it's time to plan the holiday party or volunteer to work late.

3. Incompetence

Faking it until you make it will only go so far, and if you're in the habit of talking a bigger game than you can deliver, break it now. Spend time boning up on the skills you need to succeed in your job, and leave the bragging for people who are already guilty of No. 1.

4. Resistance to Change

This sin is liable to show up on every performance review you ever have, until you get over it. Sure, sometimes companies like to change for change's sake, and that's a pain. But if you want to be taken seriously when an "innovation" is a truly bad idea, you can't afford to get a reputation for pooh-poohing every change.

5. Drunkenness

Repeat after us: "The holiday party is a work event. The holiday party is a work event."

Enough said.

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  1. 13 YS 08 Nov
    I agree with Tristan. I think the article is missing a couple of points. Heading is 7 and article is 5. Never bother reading anything more.
  2. 12 Lori Poulin 05 Nov

    'Here are a few of the most deadly (although the whole list is worth a read):'

    Click on 'whole list' to see the rest.

  3. 11 ilzi 04 Nov

    Do not, and I mean NOT EVER, express your feelings about someone at work, especially if it's your supervisor. It's a one-way ticket out of the organisation. Even if what you have felt was valid as in hurt feelings for having done work in your own time, unpaid, and then find the work wasn't used as you designed it, SHUT UP!!! Remember that in team work, it's exactly that, TEAM effort, not just yours alone. You supply your bit, and then the next person reworks it.

    Trust me. This last week has reinforced in me the need to work alone. The last time I expressed feeling intimidated by a boss at work was 33 years ago and then I swore never to work in a team environment again. And now, it's happened again. You'd think I'd have learnt my lesson!  :(

  4. 10 Nick 02 Nov
    This list consists of everything surly bosses do daily.  If you wanna be a boss, do these things.  If you wanna be a peon, don't!
  5. 9 spuffler 02 Nov
    Seems as if there might be another: abuse of  subservience. I offer to help my supervisor in every aspect of the job that I could possibly perform. I have higher knowledge in many areas, I define the needs and refine the new methods. I have greater computer skills, and am industry verified in my skills where she is not as endowed. After I get her to understand the methods, the discovered goals and my intentions, say after a few weeks, she takes the methodology as her own and sets a boundary that we all must use it, she wants it down this way (always less developed). In my performance reviews, I get negative responses to performing identically to my co-workers (no mention of how I helped her), and furthermore I am marked as merely complying and not taking the next step. Not just a sob story, these were observed and verified as real by a prior supervisor!
  6. 8 Guy 02 Nov
    That was terrible.not worth the time to read
  7. 7 JJ 01 Nov
    The first four points pretty much describe most of the third/fourth tier executives I've been exposed to at my company.  Speaking to some older coworkers it's clear that item 5 used to be common amongst executives before all that DUI became unpopular, and alcohol was outright banned in the workplace.
  8. 6 Lisa 01 Nov
    I guess most of you didn't read the part that says "Here are a few of the most deadly (although the whole list is worth a read):"
  9. 5 luis 01 Nov

    6. Not finishing the article

    7. Approving it to be read by many.

  10. 4 Cheryl 01 Nov
    LMAO yup only five listed. But here are two more: Considering your work colleagues your mates - never assume they are, surely you have a life outside of work? Being or feeding the office gossip - very destructive behaviour. If they are gossiping about some one else, they are probably at some point gossiping about you too.
  11. 3 Jl 01 Nov
    This article was so bad that I'm unsubscribing.
  12. 2 mDt 31 Oct
    Don't know why I bother reading PayScale articles, this one could have been written by a kid from primary school. No insight, no research and above all, no idea how to write an article.

  13. 1 Tristan 31 Oct

    What do I think of your 7 deadly sins article? I think you only listed 5, that's what I think.


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