7 Deadly Sins in the Workplace
Being a good employee and colleague requires a lot more of you than being competent.  Luckily, most people understand life is not an episode of House of Cards and opportunities come your way from being both competent and likeable. 

We could all be guilty of the seven deadly sins in the workplace.  However, with all the free food at LI trainings, it can be hard to avoid gluttony!

Here’s how you can avoid the seven deadly sins at work:


Interpersonal conflict is inevitable in any profession.  Exhaustion, deadlines, and something as small as skipping lunch are factors that add to stress and tensions.  However, it is never appropriate to be temperamental or disrespectful.  

Conscientious employees understand how to communicate their concerns maturely.  If you find yourself getting overly frustrated, take a walk or temporarily switch to another project.


Are you envious of your colleagues’ talents and achievements?  Resisting envy is difficult because it forces you to identify your own shortcomings.  Highly successful people are often competitive, a trait that can powerfully fuel ambition as well as self-doubt.  Admire your peers’ successes in recognition of your own potential.  

The conservative movement is full of amazing opportunities to progress and you will succeed by focusing on self-improvement. 


Political movements such as campaign and nonprofit work rely heavily on donors and volunteers to support their efforts.  Because resources are often limited and circumstances unpredictable, those who know how to create and implement budgets and spend resources frugally bring value to their organization. 


A valuable employee practices self-discipline, masters time management, and works efficiently.  The “sloth” is someone who arrives late, browses social media at their desk, and takes long lunch breaks.  If you are struggling to motivate yourself at work, learn to set realistic deadlines and complete the tasks you dislike intermittently with tasks you enjoy.


Sharing and even giving credit to your coworkers is the hallmark of a mature employee who is focused on the good of their organization and not their own advancement.  Conservatives focused on their mission best serve the movement.

By delegating interesting projects and giving up your time to help other colleagues, you will prove yourself a leader in the movement.  


Lusting after other jobs or more money is natural, and you should be ambitious for your career.  However, this should not come at the expense of focusing on the here and now.  Focus on doing your current job well; when you have paid your dues, you will be rewarded.  Also, keep your eyes open for great opportunities.  They will present themselves!


You should take pride in your work and your accomplishments.  However, do not allow your pride to prevent you from receiving criticism and using feedback to improve the quality of your work in the future.   Your humility will earn you respect and trust.