15 Things You Should Never Say To Your Boss
The boss-employee relationship can be a difficult one. Even the best leaders may have difficulty communicating at times, especially if an employee’s behavior is frustrating.
Honesty is the best policy in the workplace — but like any rule, this one has a few exceptions. Whether you’ve been at your job for a few weeks or more than a decade, it’s important to realize that your words make a big difference in how your boss perceives you. Here are a few phrases you should avoid when speaking to your boss:
1.”You are wrong”.
At some point in your working relationship, your superior will be wrong. If you feel your boss has made an error, there are better ways of addressing this. Point it out diplomatically, using words like, “I might be mistaken, but I thought…” instead of bluntly insulting your boss. If you correct your boss the right way, they may end up respecting and trusting you more.
2.“That isn’t my job.”
No job description is ever set in stone. but employees excel by doing whatever it takes to make an employer succeed. Always be ready to do more than expected or learn how to do something new. Saying that you’re not willing to go beyond your role shows that you are also not willing to pitch in for the success of the company.
3.“My last boss did it differently.”
Whether you’re talking about your previous employer or your boss’s predecessor, this information is irrelevant. Bosses usually feel that their methods are preferred over their predecessors because they now hold the position.Your current boss has every right to come up with a new approach.
“I can’t” shows both a lack of confidence and unwillingness to take chances.You should strike the word “can’t” from your vocabulary, but this is especially true when your boss asks you to do something. Always show a willingness to give your best effort.
5.“I’ll quit if…”
Don’t threaten to leave the company. It’s unprofessional, and they’ll consider you a flight risk.
6.“It’s not my fault.”
The blame game is a treacherous path. If you’re innocent, then explain why and focus on how you can work as part of a team to make things right.
“You may have a weak moment and share your boredom with the wrong person: your boss. You’re being paid to be productive and remain enthusiastic; it’s your responsibility to find ways to make your job interesting.
8.“I’m just here to earn a paycheck.”
It really isn’t smart to mention this, whether it’s true or not. Employees who go the extra mile and put the needs of the business first will be at the front of the line for raises or promotions. Also, get a hold of yourself and go find a job that you have some passion for, if you find that you are always “phoning it in” at work.
9.“I don’t have a solution“
Don’t tell the boss about problems without presenting potential solution. “Leaders talk about solutions; followers talk about the problems.”
Comparing yourself to coworkers only makes you look petty and jealous. Instead highlight your own attributes and impress your boss by executing your duties well. Avoid pointing out any preferential treatment you believe others may be getting.
11.”I’m pretty busy. Can it wait?”
It’s your responsibility to ask your boss if priorities have changed, as your objectives must stay aligned with your manager’s.Priorities are rarely stagnant, so as in most cases, your better option is to ask if you should reshuffle them.
Your manager doesn’t want to hear negativity or a lack of
conviction. If you have concerns, state what they are, and ask for input.
13.“You didn’t tell me to do that.”
Even if your boss neglected to mention something, pointing that out won’t win you any points. Instead take the high road and promise to get right on whatever task needs to be done.
14.“Sorry I’m late — I had a job interview.”
It may seem crazy, but this happens more than you might think. No matter how strong your relationship is with a supervisor, there’s no need to mention this. If you choose to look for a job, do so behind the scenes, during lunch breaks or after hours.
15.“Can I leave early today since things are slow?”
It’s fine if you have to leave early. But don’t say it’s because “things are slow” or you have “nothing to do”.There are always more projects in the pipeline. Bosses want you to show initiative.