The five personality traits that may be jeopardising your chances of getting ahead at work

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An Australian career and LinkedIn expert has revealed the five personality traits that often jeopardise employees from succeeding in the workplace.

Sue Ellson, from Melbourne, told FEMAIL in order to get ahead at work, it’s important to be open-minded, positive, social and to not be afraid to ask for a promotion.

Sue Ellson (pictured) outlined the five personality traits that may jeopardise employees from succeeding in the workplace

Sue Ellson (pictured) outlined the five personality traits that may jeopardise employees from succeeding in the workplace

Whereas those who are pessimistic, apologise too much and resist change often fall behind. 

The pessimist

Individuals who are pessimistic have a negative outlook on life and always think of the worst aspect or outcome.

Sue said these individuals are more likely to decline offers, not attend social events and make excuses.

‘Pessimists have a tendency to whinge and make excuses, which often reflects badly on them at work and in the eyes of the employer,’ she said.

‘They never see the good side, always the bad side – and if anything changes too quickly, they will complain.’

Others in the office or at the workplace usually don’t prefer this negative thinking and prefer those who are open-minded and positive. 

Individuals who are pessimistic have a negative outlook on life and always think of the worst aspect or outcome. Sue said these individuals are more likely to say no to offers, social events and make excuses

Individuals who are pessimistic have a negative outlook on life and always think of the worst aspect or outcome. Sue said these individuals are more likely to say no to offers, social events and make excuses

The hothead

Someone who is hot-headed often has a temper or has little control over their emotions.

While it’s acceptable for everyone to have some bad days, regular hot-tempered behaviour is not desired at work as it may make others feel uncomfortable or anxious, Sue said.

‘A hothead can become unpredictable and deemed unreliable by bosses as they often can’t control their emotions, which may lead to missed work opportunities,’ Sue said.  

Regular hot-tempered behaviour is often not desired at work as it may make others feel uncomfortable or anxious, Sue said

Regular hot-tempered behaviour is often not desired at work as it may make others feel uncomfortable or anxious, Sue said

The bully

On the other end of the spectrum, some workers might use destructive behaviour to bully others into fear and climb the workplace ladder themselves.

‘Initially a bully can go unnoticed by those in leadership, but are eventually found out,’ Sue said.

‘Quite often with a bully, they conduct the behaviour out of vision of those in power.

‘From a leadership perspective, you need to be able to identify a bully and investigate why, as this behaviour is  unacceptable,’ she said. 

THE BIGGEST MISTAKES PEOPLE MAKE THAT JEOPARDISE THEIR SUCCESS 

Not speaking up and voicing your opinion during meetings or at work 

Not asking for what you want and avoid asking for a promotion 

Focusing on what your weaknesses are rather than strengths and skills 

Telling yourself ‘I can’t’, ‘I won’t’ or ‘maybe another time’ rather than ‘I will’   

Lacking self confidence and clarity of what you want to achieve 

Doubting yourself 

Not controlling anxious feelings 

Avoid seeking help from others

Never taking action and stepping out of your comfort zone 

Fearing failure 

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The change resistor

Workers who resist change usually prefer structure, order and routine, but great improvements can be jeopardised through this thinking.

‘Young people are more likely to be open minded than older people who have more experience – but those who rely on years or decades of experience risk relying on outdating methods,’ Sue said.

She added it’s important to strive to learn something new every day or week to develop new skills, acquire knowledge and understand new ways of thinking.

A greater understanding of product or industry knowledge can help boost an individual’s likelihood of getting promoted at work. 

Workers who resist change usually prefer structure, order and routine, but great improvements can be jeopardised through this thinking

Workers who resist change usually prefer structure, order and routine, but great improvements can be jeopardised through this thinking

The apologiser

Sue said there are a few things to consider when an individual apologises too much – including their cultural background and their amount of experience or knowledge.

But someone who apologises repeatedly for no reason and uses terms such as ‘sorry to bother you’ or ‘sorry about that’ may take longer to excel at work.  

Luckily this trait or habit is easier to break compared to other traits.

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