15 workplace behaviors that could get you fired

Each of these might seem like ‘no big deal,’ but any one action (much less several combined) could be grounds for dismissal. Don’t trash your career over a careless tweet or a stapler.

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There are things that many employees at all levels do that they simply shouldn’t do. Here are some common practices that could send you packing:

1. Asking for your employee’s age

A lot of workplaces get comfortable enough to the point where your employees might feel like good friends. However, don’t let your relationship get too comfortable. It’s your job as a supervisor to keep things professional and not ask questions that violate labor laws. HR does not look the other way on this one.

2. Tweeting

OK, so not all of us tweet horrible things like this daily, but one tweet is enough to get you canned. Just ask Justine Sacco, former PR executive at InterActive Corp. She tweeted this right before a trip to South Africa, and while she was in the air, the Internet exploded with anger. When in doubt, just ask yourself, “What would Justine tweet?” Then tweet the opposite.

3. Texting during meetings

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