Most workers think they're great employees.  But you might be annoying your boss on a daily basis without even realizing it.  Here's a list from of the top four habits that irritate your boss.

  1. Not Showing Initiative . . . Or Showing too much Initiative. You shouldn't wait to be told what to do, especially when it's slow.  And if you just mess around on Facebook until something comes in, it makes you look unmotivated. But you don't want to overdo it either.  A lot of people try to impress their boss by going above and beyond on every small task they're asked to do.  But instead of making you look like a hard worker, it can make you seem inefficient.
  2. Making Excuses. When you mess up, just admit it and try to learn from it.  Bosses hate it when you attempt to justify something you did wrong, even if you're telling the truth. Obviously you have to EXPLAIN yourself.  Just don't try to shift the blame.  Explain what happened, take any steps you can to fix it, then move on.
  3. Complaining. Critiquing something about the company is okay . . . as long as you don't step on anyone's toes.  But a complaint is different.  Critiques are constructive.  Complaints aren't, which is why you should save them for happy hour.
  4. Asking Too Many Questions. If you're new, you'll obviously need to ask more than usual.  But if it's a chronic problem, it makes you look like you can't do things by yourself . . . which means you probably won't get promoted. Maybe you're just trying to be thorough, but companies generally value the people who are resourceful enough to figure things out on their own.

While bosses may be annoyed by their employees. We have all been annoyed by co-workers.