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Here Are Some Things You Should Never Say To Your Boss
By Sophia Hyder, 09 Jun 2016
People might say that honesty is the best policy, but in the workplace, there are some things you shouldn’t say – especially to your boss.
The slightest slip up could destroy your career. It is important to reflect on what you’re about to say before blurting. Lynn Taylor, a national workplace expert tells Business Insider, “If you think you may regret it, you probably will.”
You can view the whole list of things you should never say to your boss here, and scroll down for some.
“That’s not part of my job.”
Your job description is not fixed. “As cross-functional teams remain the order of the day, you’re expected to be flexible and make your boss’ life easier,” Taylor says. “As a side note, the more skill sets you accumulate, the more indispensable you are.”
”Try” makes your boss feel unsure that you’ll be up to task, and this is worrying, especially for projects with tight deadlines. Taylor says, “Imagine yourself asking, ‘Will you be signing off on my paycheck on the 15th?’ and your boss responding, ‘I will try.’”
“That’s not what I heard.”
It’s best to avoid gossip in the workplace. If you are unsure about something, clarify respectfully or wait, or risk looking unprofessional.
“I’m sorry, but…”
A simple “I’m sorry” is enough, followed by a brief explanation. Adding a “but” makes your apology sound insincere.
“I just assumed that…”
It’s better if you admit to your mistake and learn from it, rather than come up with excuses for your wrongdoing.
“If I don’t hear back from you, I’ll just do it.”
This has a rather threatening tone. It’s better to wait for a proper ‘go-ahead’ rather than just taking things into your own hands. Sometimes it pays off, but most of the time, it doesn’t.
“You’re being paid to be productive and remain enthusiastic, it’s your responsibility to find ways to make your job interesting,” says Taylor. Admitting you’re bored to any co-worker, your boss in particular, is highly unprofessional.
“I’m pretty busy, can it wait?”
Your priorities have to be in line with your boss’s. After all, it’s your responsibility to be kept up to date with your tasks.
[via Business Insider, image via Shutterstock]
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