What Makes (and Breaks) Professional Reputations
It’s nearly impossible to keep work and personal lives completely separate in today’s hyper-connected world, but it’s smart to avoid certain “reputation killers.”
47% of surveyed Millennials think about their at-work reputation “all” or “most” of the time, compared to 37% of Gen Xers and 26% of Baby Boomers who do.
93% of Boomers believe that doing a good job helps build a positive reputation at work, compared to 89% of Gen Xers and 81% of Millennials who feel this way.
72% of Boomers say being courteous contributes to a good reputation, as opposed to 67% of Gen Xers and 64% of Millennials who agree.
48% of Millennials believe that volunteering for assignments/additional work helps build a positive reputation, versus 44% of Boomers and 43% of Gen Xers who say the same.
38% of Millennials say staying late to complete work can enhance your reputation, while 34% of Boomers and 33% of Gen Xers agree.
30% of Millennials believe that bringing food, drinks and snacks to share with co-workers helps build a positive reputation, but just 19% of Gen Xers and 13% of Boomers feel this way.
81% of Boomers say being late to work and meetings can damage your reputation, compared to 78% of Gen Xers and 73% of Millennials who say this.
79% of Boomers feel that saying negative things about co-workers can lead to a bad reputation, while 74% of Gen Xers and 68% of Millennials agree.
74% of Boomers believe that taking part in gossip about colleagues can hurt your reputation, and 72% of Gen Xers and 64% of Millennials feel the same way.
70% of Millennials and Gen Xers say not being helpful/collaborative with co-workers can lead to a negative reputation, while 66% of Boomers agree.
37% of Millennials say being too competitive can damage your reputation, but just 29% of Gen Xers and 28% of Boomers feel this way.
21% of Millennials say their social media reputation is just as important to them as their at-work reputation, compared to 14% of Gen Xers and 13% of Boomers who agree.