Careless Talk Could Cost You Your Job (or Promotion)Posted: 9th of January 2015 by
We all have bad days as well as good, whether at work or college. However, where your reputation matters, it is worth being careful what you say on these off-days – especially at work! While feeling tired, over-worked, or unfairly treated may leave you feeling stressed there are ways to deal with this without hurting your reputation in the eyes of your boss. Here are five phrases you should avoid uttering at work:
1. “I can’t take on any more work, I am completely overwhelmed already”
While this may be the truth of the matter, you should avoid saying as much. Employers want workers who are able to seek out solutions rather than simply moaning on about their workload. So rather than saying you can’t do something, it may be more productive to ask you boss to look over your to-do list with you and work out where you can fit in the new task – perhaps working something less important to a later date. By doing this, you have indicated how much work you are doing, without just complaining.
2. “I’m Bored”
The flip side of not having enough work to do is having too little. Spending time with nothing much to do, or doing something repetitive can be tedious. However, your boss won’t thank you for pointing this out, and your over-worked colleague may get angry that you are “bored” while they have too much to do. Colleagues will see you as lazy, and your boss mat start to wonder whether you are earning your wages. Rather than saying you are bored, do something about it. Be proactive and see if you can help out that colleague who is really busy.
3. “[Insert name] is an idiot / stupid / lazy, etc”
Calling out your co-workers is bad form. Whoever they are, you might need their help one day, or they may even rise up to one day become your boss! Bad mouthing a colleague to their face or behind their back is never good, even if they never find out. Others will wonder what you might say about them behind their backs, casting doubt on how trustworthy you are. You want your colleagues to see you as likeable and trustworthy, that way they are more likely to speak good of you and support you if you need it. Gossip and criticism shows you are not a team-player, and will count against you.
4. “That’s Not Fair”
Sources say that this is one of the more common phrases uttered by young workers, and as harsh as it may sound – life, and work, is not always fair. Work is not about being fair it is about getting the job done to the best of your abilities. Do you think that every new starter will get promoted at the same time? Of course not, it’s just not practical – so don’t mark yourself by complaining about “fairness” – it just sounds childish.
5. “That’s not how I used to do things in my old job”
Nobody likes someone who complains that their last employer was better – it makes people wonder why you ever left your last job. Rather than directly comparing with your old job, why not just take the ideas you feel will work better and present how and why. Rather than appearing to just complain you will come across as a positive forward-thinking employee with good ideas.
6. BONUS: Don’t Lie
Lying is never a good move at work – especially if you lie about getting work done and failing to deliver on your promise. Telling your boss you will have a report on their desk and then failing to get it done is a big fail. Of course, sometimes problems arise, but rather than hiding away and hoping nobody will notice, explain to your boss what is happening. They may be able to help, and at least they won’t be in for a nasty surprise when they go to grab that report ahead of an important meeting. Even worse is lying to clients or customers about delivery dates or other factors – they will make not just you, but also your company look bad.
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