Mind Your Own Business

The following is an excerpt from the forthcoming book, 100 Ways to Start Smart and Stay Ahead in Your Career.

There is a fine line between being energetic and helpful and being obnoxious. Your colleagues are all adults. They have managed to conduct their professional lives for many years without you. If something is far outside of your job description, leave it alone. For instance, you don’t need to remind your coworkers about meetings, email them weather warnings, or keep them up to date on news.

This behavior may seem well-intentioned, but it is an unwise use of your time and will eventually be annoying to others. It signifies that you don’t think people can be trusted to handle their own business. Focus on your own work. If you are setting a high standard, others will naturally follow.

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