Work behavior

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Work behavior is the behavior one uses in employment and is normally more formal than other types of human behavior. This varies from profession to profession, as some are far more casual than others. For example, a computer programmer would usually have far more leeway in their work behavior than a lawyer.

People are usually more careful than outside work in how they behave around their colleagues, as many actions intended to be in jest can be perceived as inappropriate or even harassment in the work environment. In some cases, men may take considerably more care so as not to be perceived as being sexually harassing than they would ordinarily.

Counterproductive work behavior[edit]

Counterproductive work behavior is also a type of work behavior. Most of the people do not know what counterproductive work behavior is.[1] Even people do not recognize this behavior, it seems normal to them. Here are some examples in order to understand what counterproductive behavior is:

  1. When someone is ignoring people at work.
  2. When people work slowly and the work needs to be done fast.
  3. When people refuse to help their colleagues.
  4. When people refuse to accept a task.
  5. When people show less interest in their work.
  6. When people show destructive behavior against their colleagues.
  7. When people do not appreciate their colleague's success.

These are the examples of counterproductive behavior that people confront in their daily life.

Recognizing positive and productive behavior at a workplace can be quite simple by using Job analysis. This method is quite simple and gives others a better understanding and evaluation of a typical duty they are looking for.[2]


  1. ^ Alexa, Adrian F (2010), What Is Counterproductive Work Behaviour? 
  2. ^ Industrial & Organizational Assessment