Be careful what you say around the office because it can come back to bite you. Careless words can do a great deal of damage to your career if you’re not minding what you say. Monster recently published a list of 5 things you ought never to say in the office.
“It’s all your fault.” No one likes to be thrown under the bus, and no one likes the person that does the proverbial throwing. By pointing the finger at someone else, the blamer may skip taking the fall but end up revealing themselves to be insecure and refusing to own up to their actions.
“It’s all my fault.” While it may be the most noble of actions to sacrifice yourself for the good of the group, but it could leave you appearing incompetent. It could also open you up to others sticking the blame on you for their wrongs.
“It’s not fair.” We’re not in kindergarten anymore. Whether the lack of fairness is justified or not, whining with this phrase will not help the situation.
“That’s not my job.” Employees today are often asked to go above and beyond the call of duty, and those who can rise to the occasion are often the ones getting rewarded. Saying something it outside your realm of responsibility could make you appear stubborn and lazy.
“Don’t tell so-and-so, but…” Gossip is harmful in all aspects of life and most especially in the work place. Office politics can be fueled by gossip. It’s better to say only what you’d rather be public knowledge than to let private gossip spread and sully your reputation.
We went around the room this morning to share the things we hate hearing at work. Hear what we had to say about office annoyances and which of the no-no phrases Julie is guilty of using.
Tony – “I hate to be a ____, but…” Don’t say that. You may hate to be a ____, but about to go ahead and do it anyways.
Julie – “You look tired today.“ This is the worst thing ever. It’s just a way of saying someone looks awful.
David – “I may be wrong, but…” If you’re afraid of being wrong, perhaps you should research what you’re about to say before you say it.