GIRL BOSS | 5 things you should never do at work

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Oh the working world… There are highs and lows… but as long as there are more highs than lows, you’re in a good place!

Over these last 2-ish years in the “real working world”, I’ve learned a few things (I think). I’ve seen people get hired, fired, promoted, and demoted… all of which brings me to the creation of this list!

You can never really be prepared for the working world, but these 5 “dont’s” are a good starting point!

1) Don’t underdress

Just like a party, you never want to be the least dressed up one. You never know when a spur of the moment client meeting, office photoshoot, or after work happy hour could arise. Be dressed and prepared for anything!

2) Don’t cry

No matter what happens, never let them see you cry. Crying isn’t (1) attractive (2) effective or (3) appropriate for the workplace. Go to the bathroom if you really feel the waterworks coming on… then check your makeup before returning :)

3) Don’t say you’re sorry

Only apologize if you’re truly in the wrong! I find myself commonly apologizing when I ask a question or request a change to creative designs, but I have no reason to. Be confident and know that you have the right to ask for something without beginning with “Sorry, but…”.

5 things you shouldnt do in the office

4) Don’t keep ideas to yourself

If you don’t prove to your coworkers you have new ideas (good or bad) they’ll think that you either (1) don’t care enough to think about it or (2) don’t have anything new to bring to the table. Both are things you don’t want coworkers (especially your boss) thinking about you! Get your ideas flowing and share your thoughts. You never know what it could spark!

5) Don’t get comfortable

The moment you feel like you’re irreplaceable or can just coast by day-to-day, there’s a problem. Clear red flag! You should always want to push the envelope, try harder, and feel that there’s a new level to rise to at your job. The moment you don’t is the moment you won’t get anything more out of your work (and you definitely won’t get that raise)!

Obviously there are hundreds of “dos” and “dont’s” I could share, but I figured I would stick to the top five that came to mind. So please, share what you’ve learned in the working world! The best way to learn is from each other (that’s not just a corny line, I really believe it).

To close, I’ll leave you with some powerful quotes by amazing women who know what it means to succeed! I hope these motivate you to wake up early tomorrow morning and go into work ready to KICK BUTT! You go girl :)

“No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
— Eleanor Roosevelt

“I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.”
— Maya Angelou

The most courageous act is still to think for yourself. Aloud.”
— Coco Chanel

15 thoughts on “GIRL BOSS | 5 things you should never do at work

  1. Irene B. August 26, 2015 / 10:18 pm

    Love this post…such great advice!

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  2. Jamie August 27, 2015 / 9:59 am

    I love “Don’t get comfortable”. The biggest successes I’ve had in life are from taking really big, scary leaps! Great tips :)

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  3. Stacie@SimplySouthernStacie August 27, 2015 / 7:16 pm

    I once had a boss tell me #3 and it’s always stuck with me. I’m Southern so I tend to over apologize I guess out of habit in an effort to be “polite.” But he told me that when you apologize you are admitting a mistake when I should just own my work. That’s something I try to be more conscious about, but it’s hard!

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    • Amanda Brooks August 27, 2015 / 8:48 pm

      It’s so hard! I still catch myself doing it all the time. I’m so glad someone else can relate!


  4. kdeitmen August 28, 2015 / 11:55 am

    My advice would be don’t burn any bridges! I’m starting a new job next week, but I know that if I ever had an opportunity to work for or with the people I’m leaving they would welcome me back with open arms. That’s a powerful thing!

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    • Amanda Brooks August 28, 2015 / 6:06 pm

      That is such an important point! No matter how wonderful or horrible the previous job was, you always want to stay on good terms. You never know when you may come across them in the future. Thanks for the great reminder :)


  5. The Lilac Press August 30, 2015 / 7:46 pm

    This is a great list! You’re right about it being so important to share your ideas and show you have something to bring to the table! :)

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  6. Haley August 30, 2015 / 7:55 pm

    I am SO guilty of the “sorry” thing! Definitely something I need to work on – glad to hear it’s not just me!

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    • Amanda Brooks August 31, 2015 / 8:28 am

      Not at all! I’ve been trying to break that habit for years now :/


  7. Emily S (@embusyliving) August 31, 2015 / 7:06 pm

    I really need to stop saying “I’m sorry” in a million different circumstances, not even just in the workplace!

    Thanks for stopping by my blog, Amanda!

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    • Amanda Brooks September 2, 2015 / 6:37 am

      Exactly! I do it all the time, such a hard habit to break.


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