Whines and gripes.
“Since the Great Recession, employees have been asked to do more with less and many have fallen into the habit of chronic whining about their situation,” says Bruzzese. With everyone in the same boat and companies still at risk, that complaining really stands out to bosses who are also plenty tired themselves. You want to spend your time coming up with solutions to problems, she says. “Remember, there are still about three people for every job opening—the boss may not have any trouble filling your shoes.”