8 Bad Habits At Work That Are Actually Good For You (According To Research)
Posted On 8th November, 2016 @ 12:43 pm by Debanjan Dhar

We’re not the most well behaved lot here at MTV. The fact that you’re here makes you one of us, and we take care of our own.

So what we did is find actual scientific research that says most of things we do that are frowned upon at work are actually what makes us awesome.

 

 

1. Showing up late to work.

 

(It means you have a creative mind.) 

 

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Scratch punctuality from your resume because according to a research by San Diego University, people who are chronically late fall into Type B personality. People in the Type B category are relaxed and less likely to stress which lets them cultivate the creative sides of their mind. What’s interesting about them is that they aren’t late because they value time any less than the rest. They’re late because they’re more optimistic about time and they believe they can accomplish multiple tasks in a short span of time. 

 

2. Being sleepy and tired. 

 

(It means you’re going to be on your A-game.)

 

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Who knew that fatigue is your friend when it comes to creative tasks? Turns out, partying on a school night and showing up at work hungover and sleep deprived the next day could actually work in your favour — that’s when your creative juices flow best. Researchers believe that when the mind is tired, we consider out-of-the-box ideas worthy enough to be executed. (When the mind is fresh and alert, ideas go through too many personal filters, and are eventually discarded.) 

 

3. Making mistakes

 

(Don’t worry, it just makes you likeable.) 

 

 

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If you’re not goofing up at work, you’re not making friends. So don’t worry about your erring self — it only makes you more human. The occasional faux pas, according to the Pratfall Effect, is a quality that makes people more endearing in the workplace, compared to those who never make any mistakes. So don’t fret over your initial mistakes at work — you’ll get there soon. Just try not to burn the building down. 

 

4. Swearing at work. 

 

(It’s f*cking great for office morale.) 

 

 

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Thinking about that vacation in your own private island when you’re actually bombarded with deadlines at work can actually be a good idea according to research. If there’s a long-standing problem that has to be fixed, you’re more likely hit that Eureka moment when you’re day-dreaming. It happened to Archimedes when he was chilling in the bathtub and it happened to Newton when he was faffing in the orchard – why should your case be any different? 

 

5. Daydreaming at work. 

 

(It just makes you a problem solver.) 

 

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Thinking about that vacation on your own private island when you’re actually bombarded with deadlines at work can actually be a good idea, according to research. If there’s a long-standing problem that has to be fixed, you’re more likely to hit that eureka moment when you’re daydreaming. It happened to Archimedes when he was chilling in the bathtub, and it happened to Newton when he was faffing in the orchard — why should you be any different? 

 

6. Being messy at work.

 

(Your creative juices are flowing well.)

 

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A tidy desk doesn’t necessarily mean a tidy mind. If Mark Twain’s messy desk is too archaic an example for you, let’s give you something more contemporary — Steve Jobs. This creative genius was famous for having a mess from hell on his desk. A messy desk at a creative workspace only says that you’re here to defy conventions and your ideas are not bound to the norms.

 

7. Gossiping at work. 

 

(It just helps you bond with your office peeps.) 

 

 

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Being the no-nonsense workaholic is not going to help you make friends at work – gossip will. A little gossiping never harmed anybody. In fact, it is an imperative thread in the fabric of the social world we live in. Gossip helps people share their ideas, thoughts, opinions and feelings about particular issue or an individual. It’s the best way to know each other as everybody is practically giving themselves away over gossiping. If a little talk helps realise who your real friends are at work, there’s no point shying away from it. 

 

8. Skipping a shower.

 

(It’s for your good health.) 

 

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If your mornings are usually cutting it close between the fifth snooze on your alarm and reporting time at office, you can safely choose to skip your morning bath. Taking a shower every day robs you of the good bacteria in your skin and the natural oils too. So dodging the soap every once in a while and turning up at work reeking of deodorant is actually a good idea. Just try not to make it a daily affair. 

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