8 things naturally classy women avoid doing in the workplace

In the workplace, there’s a certain elegance that naturally classy women exude. It’s not just about what they do, but more importantly, it’s about what they avoid doing.

Being classy isn’t about being stuck up or aloof, it’s about maintaining dignity and respect in all situations. It’s about being aware of how your actions affect those around you.

As Tina Fey, the founder of Love Connection blog and relationship expert, I’ve seen plenty of women who have mastered the art of class in the workplace. And I’ve noticed some things they all avoid doing.

Here are the 8 things naturally classy women steer clear from in the workplace.

Let’s dive in, shall we?

1) Gossiping

In every workplace, there’s always a grapevine that buzzes with the latest office gossip. And let’s be honest, it can be tempting to join in, especially when it feels like a way to bond with colleagues.

However, naturally classy women know better.

They are fully aware that participating in office gossip not only breeds negativity but can also lead to mistrust and a toxic working environment. It’s a quick route to damaging professional relationships and your own reputation.

Classy women steer clear of the rumor mill. They understand that their words carry weight and they choose to use them wisely. They opt for conversations that are productive, positive and professional.

If you find yourself tempted to join the gossip train, remember the classy woman’s mantra: If it’s not helpful or kind, it’s not worth saying.

2) Being Unprepared

As a relationship expert and founder of Love Connection, I’ve learned that the most successful relationships are the ones where both parties come prepared. This same principle applies to the workplace.

Classy women understand the importance of being prepared. They know that walking into a meeting, a presentation, or even just a day’s work without being fully prepared is a recipe for disaster.

They avoid showing up to work unprepared because it’s not only unprofessional but also disrespectful to their colleagues’ time and effort. They value their work and they show it by always coming prepared.

As the wise Benjamin Franklin once said, “By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.” Classy women take this quote to heart and ensure they are always ready for whatever comes their way.

3) Neglecting Self-Care

This is a point that’s very close to my heart. As Tina Fey, I’ve always believed that self-care isn’t just about bubble baths and face masks. It’s about taking care of your mental, emotional, and physical health, too.

Classy women know this well. They never neglect their self-care, especially in the workplace. They understand that to be their best at work, they have to feel their best.

They avoid overworking themselves to the point of burnout. They take breaks when needed, maintain a balanced diet, and make sure they get enough sleep. They understand that taking care of themselves is not selfish but necessary.

In my book, Breaking The Attachment: How To Overcome Codependency in Your Relationship, I discuss the importance of self-care in maintaining healthy relationships. It’s a principle that also applies to maintaining a healthy work-life balance.

So remember, ladies: self-care isn’t a luxury, it’s a necessity. Taking care of yourself allows you to perform at your best in the workplace.

4) Being Always Agreeable

Now, this one might surprise you.

Classy women avoid being perpetually agreeable. You might think that always saying “yes” would make you more likable in the workplace, but in reality, it can have the opposite effect.

Being constantly agreeable can lead others to perceive you as insincere, or worse, a pushover. Classy women understand the value of authenticity and assertiveness. They’re not afraid to voice their opinions, even if they go against the grain.

They know when to say “no” and stand their ground when necessary. This doesn’t mean they’re confrontational. They express their views respectfully and thoughtfully, always considering the feelings of others.

So remember, it’s okay to disagree sometimes. It shows that you’re engaged, thoughtful, and most importantly — genuine.

5) Ignoring Feedback

Feedback can be a tough pill to swallow sometimes, but it’s crucial for growth. As Tina Fey, I’ve received my fair share of feedback over the years. And trust me, it wasn’t always easy to hear.

But here’s what I’ve learned: Classy women never ignore feedback. They understand that constructive criticism is a tool for improvement, not a personal attack.

They avoid dismissing feedback and instead, they listen with an open mind. They’re always looking for opportunities to learn and grow, even if it means hearing some hard truths.

6) Comparing Themselves to Others

Now let’s get real. Comparison is a trap that many of us fall into. We look at our colleagues and start to measure our success against theirs. But here’s the harsh truth: comparison can kill your confidence and productivity.

Classy women avoid this pitfall. They understand that everyone is on their own unique journey, with different strengths, skills, and experiences. They focus on their own progress instead of getting caught up in how they stack up against others.

They celebrate their colleagues’ successes without feeling threatened. They know their worth isn’t determined by someone else’s achievements.

Kick that comparison habit to the curb, ladies. Your journey is yours alone. Make it count.

7) Avoiding Risks

Stepping out of your comfort zone can be scary. As Tina Fey, I’ve faced numerous instances where I had to take risks. Whether it was starting the Love Connection blog or publishing my first book, each step was a leap of faith.

However, naturally classy women understand that avoiding risks can lead to stagnation. They know that growth often requires stepping into the unknown and taking on new challenges.

They avoid playing it safe all the time and instead, embrace opportunities that push their boundaries. They’re not reckless, but they’re not afraid to take calculated risks when necessary.

In the words of the great Helen Keller, “Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.” So don’t shy away from taking risks, ladies. They may just lead you to your greatest success.

8) Pretending to Be Someone They’re Not

Let’s get one thing straight: classy women are authentic. They don’t put on a facade or try to fit into a mold that doesn’t align with who they truly are.

They avoid pretending to be someone they’re not. They know that authenticity is the cornerstone of respect and trust in the workplace.

They don’t feel the need to hide their true selves or adapt their personality to please others. They’re comfortable in their own skin and embrace their individuality.

So, stop trying to be someone else, ladies. Be proud of who you are. Authenticity is the ultimate mark of class.

And there you have it, ladies. The 8 things naturally classy women avoid doing in the workplace. Remember, being classy is all about staying true to yourself, maintaining your dignity and respect, and always striving for growth.

If you found these points helpful and want to learn more about maintaining healthy relationships – not only at work but also in your personal life – be sure to check out my book, Breaking The Attachment: How To Overcome Codependency in Your Relationship.

Here’s to being the classy, authentic, and empowered women we are meant to be!

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