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    Work Habit

    Hello,

    I'm in despair...I and looking for a common expression associated with "work habit" or "professional deviation," although I don't think any of the two make sense.

    A person develops certain habits at work, but those habits begin to permeate daily life. For instance, an English teacher finds him-self in a social setting - a fun outing to a club with friends - and suddenly one makes a grammatical mistake; the teacher's classroom-instincts take over and he scolds this person for making the mistake, and then habitually corrects it, "You should use 'blank' instead of 'blank'". Soon he apologizes and expresses, "I'm sorry, it's a ...."
    So, what do we normally say? ...hardly a "work habit" or "professional deviation."
    Or, do we?

    Thanks for the HELP!
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    Re: Work Habit

    Quote Originally Posted by incognittum View Post
    Hello,

    I'm in despair...I and looking for a common expression associated with "work habit" or "professional deviation," although I don't think any of the two make sense.

    A person develops certain habits at work, but those habits begin to permeate daily life. For instance, an English teacher finds him/her-self in a social setting - a fun outing to a club with friends - and suddenly one makes a grammatical mistake; the teacher's classroom instincts take over and scolds this person for making the mistake, and then habitually corrects it. Soon s/he apologizes and expresses, "I'm sorry, it's a ...."
    So, what do we normally say? ...hardly a "work habit" or "professional deviation."
    Or, do we?

    Thanks for the HELP!
    - an abusive habit deriving from an unresolved childhood insecurity.
    - professional habit.


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    Re: Work Habit

    Well...could have put the two together :/ how silly do I feel.

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    Re: Work Habit

    This person could be described as a "workaholic" or you could say, "He is married to his job." You could also say that his job never leaves him.









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