There are some long-standing office rules that many employees think will always yield positive results. Of course, that’s not always the case. Here are two prime examples.
Myth 1: The more hours you log, the further you’ll go. While it’s true that some companies still place a premium on how much time its employees actually spend in the office, it’s no longer the norm. By and large, most employers look at the quality of an employee’s work.
So, in certain situations, logging excessive hours can actually reflect poorly on you. For example, if you have the same workload as Tony, yet you’re always staying long after he goes home for the day, your boss may question your ability to do the job.
Myth 2: You should always take on new assignments. Almost everyone wants to climb the proverbial corporate ladder, and taking on new responsibilities is a surefire way to do it — most times. However, if you volunteer for a project that you’re unprepared for, it could come back to haunt you.
Before taking something on, it’s a good idea to ask yourself if you have the necessary knowledge, skills and experience to get the job done.