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New Hire Tips: How to Change a Bad Habit

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Starting a new job is challenging—new rules, new people, new stresses—but it can be even more challenging when you’re bringing along bad habits. If you want to thrive at your new job, take the time to change some of your bad habits. Let’s take a look at a few tips.

  1. Admit you have a problem. The first step to addressing a bad habit is admitting that it is getting in the way of the life you want. For example, if you have a habit of showing up to work 15 minutes late several times a week, this habit could jeopardize your ability to stay employed.
  2. Find out why the habit exists. Every habit has a reason why it exists. The habit is usually a “solution” to some other problem you have. For example, if you don’t get to sleep until 2 am, it’s logical that you won’t wake up early enough to make it to a 7 am job. By uncovering the root of the habit, you can easily discover the most obvious solution. In this case, going to sleep much earlier could solve your tardiness problem.
  3. Give yourself enough time. Once you identify the root cause of your habit and the solution, give yourself at least 90 days to break the old habit and create a new (and better) one. Some people may break an old habit in a shorter time, but in some cases it may take months or even years to break a habit. Give yourself enough time to change.

Starting a new job is a great time to work on breaking bad habits to improve your life and career.

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