This is a contributor’s blogpost …
The advice that organizations promote is that you should keep your personal and professional lives separate, but really, sometimes we know that that just isn’t possible. Humans aren’t machines capable of flicking a switch and suddenly entering ‘business mode’ when they’re going through a tough time. So yes, sometimes it’s beyond our control. At other times, however, it’s very much under our control. Below, we take a look at five ways your personal life can have a negative impact on your professional life.
No Grip On the Essentials
There are some unwritten laws about having a job, things that they don’t need to tell you but which you’re expected just to know. For example, it’s not enough to be at work on time. You have to be there and be ready to hit the ground running. You can’t just wear professional clothes. They must be well-fitted, clean, and you have to well groomed. If your private life is chaotic and you don’t have a grip on these necessities, then it’s unlikely that you’ll be fired, but you might be overlooked for promotions and the like.
A Hard Time
Life is a series of ups and downs. The problem is that, at work, they expect you to always be up. If you’re going through a difficult spell in your life, then there’s not much you can do to change it other than put your energy into the right places and wait for it to pass. At work, you’ll have to speak to your boss about what’s going on. If you don’t, they might just assume that you’re losing interest in your job. If they’re a good boss, then they’ll support you while you’re going through the difficult times.
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Trouble With the Law
We’re not just employees. We’re also human beings who are out there living our lives. And sometimes, we can find ourselves in situations that we did not anticipate, such as having a problem with the law. If you’re accused of driving under the influence, for instance, and have your license taken away, you may be forced to resign purely because you can no longer get to the office. As such, it’s a good idea to hire a dui lawyer as early as possible to reduce your chances of conviction. Life doesn’t always run smoothly, but there are ways to limit the damage the problems can cause.
A Social Media Blunder
Oh, how easy it must have been in the past when you could say anything and everything, and no one was around to record it. Now, that’s all changed. Say something controversial – even mildly – and you might find that you no longer have a job once management gets wind of it. When it comes to your social media accounts, it’s best to keep them private so the general public – and snooping bosses – can’t see them. But it might just be easier to keep your mouth shut. Companies are eager to play things safe, and might not stand by you if there’s any sign of controversy.