SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) - They're known as career killers -- bad choices that turn into bad habits at the workplace, and those bad habits can lead to resentment from coworkers and disciplinary action from the boss.
"Fooling around on the computer when you should be doing something productive. Everybody kind of thinks they can do it and then slip to a different screen at the last moment. It's like everybody already saw it!" said Peter Bilodeau of Springfield.
Gone are the days when work time and personal time were separate. A common frustration among employers is that their workers see no problem with maintaining a social media presence while they're on the clock.
"I'm a contractor, I stop for two seconds and three guys are on their cell phones either texting or on Facebook. Employees cheating on time sheets; they're telling you different things about what hours they worked when really they may be sitting in the van in the parking lot taking a nap," said Charles Arakelian of Springfield.
"This is supposed to be the greatest country in the world, and it really is, but our work ethic is kind of in the trash can," Arakelian said.
One longtime western Massachusetts business owner told 22News he's lucked out with employees over the years. But he said it all starts with the interview, and making standards and expectations quite clear.
"Oftentimes they had youngsters at home. Our attitude was the family comes first, then the job, but you're going to do the job the way it should be done," said Andy Skroback of East Longmeadow.
Other career killers include watching the clock, inflating your resume, discussing salaries, or simply coming to work with a bad attitude.