- Cell phone addiction
- Excuse making
As an aside, I had a former student (who currently works for an investment bank) come back to talk with my students. After describing her typical day at work (and it's a long one), we had a question and answer time. One student asked her what were the most important lessons she's learned since she got out. She said that the business world works on three rules:
Rule Number 1- It's your fault.I share this story with my students at the beginning of the semester. Before each assignment is given out, I ask them, "What are Rules #1 and #2?" They eventually get it. I may even put a question about "the rules" on the first quiz - after all, we should quiz them on the material that's most important to their success in class, right?).
If your boss needs a set of numbers on his desk by 8:00 a.m., he doesn't care why it's not there, only that it isn't. He's got money (and his job) on the line, and you might just have cost him both. So, don't expect understanding on his part.
Rule Number 2- It's not your fault, refer to Rule #1
Rule Number 3- If you can't deal with Rules #1 and 2, there are 100 people out there who'd love to have your job.