Habits can either inspire or influence, depending upon whether they are good or bad.
Late-coming to office is a habit that can influence others like this, ‘If he can come late, then so can I.’ And, some sales representatives have this terrible habit of telling a waiting customer that he is almost reaching his place, when actually the sales rep has not left office as yet – a habitual lie. Not only will the customer lose faith, others at the workplace will begin to inculcate this habit as well.
Inspiring habits are the opposite – you admire a colleague’s punctuality and sense of timeliness and are inspired by it. As a force of habit, your team manager will never jump to a conclusion and state her opinion immediately. She will say, ‘Let’s rest the matter, for now,’ or ‘I’ll think about it and revert.’ Such habits eventually help create a healthy workplace culture.
Others’ habits that can negatively and dangerously influence includes alcoholism, substance abuse, foul language and gossip. Watch the habits carefully. You will begin to keenly identify the inspirational from the rest.
Note: You are also being watched, so watch your own habits.
Read also, Break Away From Old Habits)