As a manager or employee, some of your actions can have long-term negative ramifications on the workplace atmosphere and even your position within the company, says Don Tyler, management consultant, Profitable Solutions, Clarks Hill, Ind.

Here’s a look at a few areas that can quickly erode your credibility and respect:


  • Gossip and spread negative information about co-workers.
  • Protect poor employees.
  • Misplace employees’ loyalty.
  • Be dishonest.
  • Share salary or other personal employment information with others.
  • Refuse to work as a part of the team.
  • Prefer conflict over camaraderie.
  • Produce inconsistent performance.
  • Complain about problems instead of working to find a solution.
  • Give only minimal effort.