Every company wants to have employees who are credible and trustworthy. If they are not credible, it could be challenging to work with them and trust them with tasks that will help the company grow.

Considering the importance of credibility, employees should do their best to be trusted and respected by their managers and colleagues. But, it can be quite easy to damage one’s credibility and here are ten mistakes you have to avoid:

You Do Not Know What You Are Talking About

When you are hired, you are expected to have the expertise they are looking for. However, if you attend meetings and don’t showcase your hired expertise, they will lose their trust in your expertise.

You Do Not Do What You Say

If you want people to think you are a person to trust, you need to make sure you walk the walk and talk the talk. If you don’t do what you promise or say, avoid them at all costs. You will immediately be labelled as a promise-breaker if you cannot fulfil your promises.

You Do Not Meet Your Deadlines And Responsibilities

Aside from your expertise, you need to do what you need to do and do your commitments perfectly.

For example, if we are asked to complete a task, we are expected to complete it on time. Being unable to meet deadlines and promises can cause people to ignore you for these tasks even if you have the expertise to do them.

You Are Not A Team Player

At work, you are expected to work well with anyone, even if they are not the people you like working with.

You must also be open in offering your assistance to them because it will help with the team’s success. Failure to do so will cause people to see that you cannot be trusted to support them.

You Are Disorganised

Some people tend to work with a cluttered desk because they believe it is easier to work in such an environment.

However, being messy or disorganised can only cause problems for you because you may miss important deadlines, and people will think you are a sloppy person in real life.

You Are Afraid About Standing Up For The Truth

Although we can showcase our expertise and own up to our mistakes, our credibility is still questionable if we do not fight for what is right.

If we focus only on ourselves, our credibility as capable leaders is put into question.

You Bring Your Personal Life In Your Work

Work-life balance is essential, and you need to separate your work life from your personal life if you don’t want it overlapping one another. Bringing your personal life to work can also be very distracting to the point it may disable you from working altogether.

You Try To Do A Lot, But Your Efforts Are Not Very Good

Some of us, especially when we are new in the job, try to do everything that is given even if we can’t do it to the best of our ability.

As an employee, you shouldn’t let anyone down and making a mistake can be costly, which is why you shouldn’t overextend yourself. Don’t be afraid to say no even if you think you can do it.

You Make Too Many Excuses For Your Actions

Many things can stop us from finishing our work which is understandable if they are legitimate reasons. However, if we tend to use the same excuses, people will question your commitment to the job at hand.

One must be committed to preventing any issues from occurring that will distract one’s work.

You Blame Others When You Should Be Helping With The Problem

Your credibility is questioned if you are the type of person who tends to blame others when something goes wrong and don’t own up to the mistakes if you are the one who caused it. A professional must be able to help resolve the problem and work with others to deal with it.

As an employee or a team leader, we must make it a point to do our best to build our credibility and keep at it even if our co-workers already trust us. When people trust you and your reputation is strong, it eliminates any issues and improves everyone’s work experience.

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22 replies on “10 Ways to Lose Credibility as a Professional

  1. every employee adds value and surplus value to the organisation…. employers forget this…. employees or workers, as as they are usually called, make up 60% of the world population 30% are the in-betweeners and 10% the actual owners…. keep it real…. there’s enough guilt and blame being dished out on people ill-placed and by no fault of their own to carry the burden of nonsense…. Sure, owning your own stuff is essential learning and key to personal development… but please keep it real too…

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      1. hey there Kally, I have to admit that your posts trigger me and I feel bad for not being more supportive – my cynicism can get the better of me – to make amends I would, and forgive the patronising tone, urge you to check out 12manage.com, if you’ve not done so. It’s a massive online library of all things management and run by the University of Utrect. Ping me should you want to talk privately alecfraher@middleoftheheart.com. I’ve got no commercial interests at all.

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  2. Challenging negatives; there are positive lessons we need, but sometimes reminder of what NOT to be or do are important. Thanx, again, for an always helpful blog! 😉

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  3. All very good points. I try very hard to avoid missing deadlines and not living up to my promises. It can really break the trust of employers and fellow employees if someone is inconsistent about following through with their word.

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