5 things to quit this year

Let this be the year you finally stop using winky faces, tweeting about your boss, and stealing the office cupcakes.

5 things to quit this year

Let’s be honest: Everyone has one or two things they’d like to change about themselves. Maybe you wish you were a few inches taller, had a full head of hair, or were best friends with Beyoncé. We’re not here to judge.

But instead of worrying about what’s already set in stone, why not focus on the things that are very much in your control—like some of those, shall we say, less lovable workplace habits?

In other words, it’s quittin’ time—and we’re not talking about knocking off for the day. We’re talking about the fish-in-the-office-microwave, passive-aggressive-Post-it-leaving tics that can drive co-workers up the wall and even limit your opportunities to climb the career ladder.

Like it or not, we’re all guilty of a few of them, so let’s take a scathing, show-no-mercy look at what it’s time to quit this year.

Using emojis in work emails

Hey boss! [winky face] Sorry I’m running late with those spreadsheets you asked for [poop emoji]. Won’t let it happen again! [burrito + rainbow + guy on surfboard]

Seem appropriate? Not really. Even if your boss is a Snapchattin’, brunch-grammin’ millennial, nothing says “unprofessional” like an email glutted with emojis. The same goes for your co-workers, for that matter.

While having fun at work is all well and good, there’s a difference between keeping things light and keeping things, well, [sushi + snowman + embarrassed monkey]. Focus instead on being a clear and effective communicator—no one wants a Gmail thread about the monthly sales reports to read like tween text code.

Oversharing on the job

We’re not going to tell you it’s inappropriate to talk about your personal life at work. We all need to vent sometimes, and there’s nothing wrong with blowing off a little steam about a bad roommate or an absentee landlord.

But work is not the place to go into a tearful breakdown of your divorce proceedings, emotional struggles, or how you feel like your dad just never really got you growing up.

Your co-workers are not your therapists, and—no offense—people are here to do their jobs, not listen to your personal problems. Of course, it’s fine if you’ve got an office friend you’re comfortable confiding in (as long as it’s a two-way street), but in general it’s a good idea to try to keep the oversharing in check.

Being a snack hoarder

It’s your co-worker’s 30th birthday, and the head of your department went ahead and ordered the whole team cupcakes. She didn’t cheap out, either—these are the fancy, artisanal ones from the place that’s always got a line out the door. Time to swoop in and grab two for now, and three more to get you through the week. Right?

Wrong. There’s nothing that drives people into fits of rage faster than patiently waiting in line for that rare, sought-after office treat, only to find that some greedy individual’s gotten the jump on them.

There are rules in this world! It’s one thing when there’s a stray plate of leftovers from that three-hour corporate lunch. It’s something else when people go out of their way to do something special, and you treat it like your own personal “stock the fridge” party.

Tweeting about work

“The animals at the zoo get better perks than employees at this company.”

“My boss thinks I’m working late tonight hahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!!”

“Happy Friday, everybody. P.S. My job sucks.”

File this one under “job-search snafus.” In this day and age, your social media footprint is only a few clicks away from a potential recruiter or hiring manager. Glutting your online presence with a litany of job-related grievances is an instant red flag for anyone thinking about potentially employing you.

Even if you’re not one to complain on the Internet, work topics are typically best avoided on public forums. Fires have a way of spreading quickly in our era of trial-by-Twitter, and it can be risky to mention your company in the context of anything that could be skewed as remotely controversial.

Your job

This one’s a given. If you spend your workday pining for something better—something that brings satisfaction and meaning to your life—this is the year to quit the job that’s holding you back and find the one you truly deserve.

Looking for a good place to start? Give the latest edition of the Monster 100 a read for a breakdown of the year’s top employers. And if you need a tip or two while you’re dusting off your resume, we’ve got you covered.