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Here are some “not good” work habits you can do without in 2015:

1. Doing the bare minimum.  If you accept a task, you owe it to yourself and to others to make your angry-employeebest effort. If you don’t want to do something, have the courage to refuse the task.

2. Telling half-truths. Honesty is the best policy. However, if you’re afraid to speak the truth, it’s cowardly to tell a half-truth that’s intended to mislead.  Either tell the whole truth or tell a real lie — and accept the consequences if you’re discovered.

3. Finger-pointing.  Few human behaviors are more pointless than fixing blame. In business, it’s usually irrelevant who’s at fault when something goes wrong. What’s important is how to avoid making the same mistakes again.

4. Bucking accountability. This is common when people aren’t willing to admit their mistakes. If you’re going to take credit for your accomplishments, you must also take credit for your failures. The two go hand in hand.

5. Hating successful people. Taking secret pleasure in the failures of others makes your own success less likely. You gloat over what other people did wrong, rather than doing whatever it takes to make yourself more successful.

6. Engaging in workplace gossip. As Eleanor Roosevelt said, “Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” When you spread gossip, you’re identifying yourself as small-minded and also showing that you can’t be trusted to keep secrets.

7. Creating your own stress. While work may be stressful, you make it worse when you fail to disconnect on a regular basis. Rather than answer yet another email, take a walk, read a book, or listen to some music. Turn off your phone when you go to bed; whatever it is, it can wait.

Adapted from Business Without the Bullsh*t: 49 Secrets and Shortcuts You Need to Know by Geoffrey James. This book won the following praise from Publishers Weekly: “The author’s pithy and frank style matches his title…a quick, impactful primer for anyone wanting to be more effective on the job.”

For more information, visit http://www.geoffreyjames.com.