The HR Dictionary

Work Behavior

Work behavior refers to the actions and attitudes exhibited by individuals in the workplace that contribute to their job performance, productivity, and overall success in their careers. Work behavior encompasses a wide range of activities, including job-related tasks, communication with colleagues and superiors, teamwork, problem-solving, decision-making, and time management.

Positive vs Negative Work Behavior

Positive work behavior includes showing up to work on time, being respectful to colleagues and superiors, communicating effectively, being proactive and taking initiative, being open to feedback and constructive criticism, and striving to improve one's job performance. Positive work behavior is often associated with higher job satisfaction, better performance evaluations, and career advancement opportunities.

Negative work behavior, on the other hand, includes behaviors such as absenteeism, tardiness, insubordination, gossiping, bullying, and workplace harassment. Negative work behavior can lead to strained relationships with colleagues and superiors, reduced productivity, and potentially even disciplinary action or termination.

Overall, work behavior is an important aspect of an employee’s professional life and can greatly impact their success in the workplace. Developing and maintaining positive work behavior is a key part of building a productive and effective employee.