Unlike actions that can be excused by bad judgment, words tend to be very irredeemable.
You could easily get yourself into a lot of trouble if you don’t know how to filter what you say, especially at work. In the workplace, what you say in front of your colleagues and bosses can either get you promoted, stuck in the same position or even worse it could get you fired.
According to Dr. Travis Bradberry in LinkedIn,
“Emotionally intelligent people know that certain phrases carry special power—they make you look bad even when the words are true.”
So how do you make sure that you’re not saying all the wrong things? Here are a few words to erase from your office vocabulary.
1. I’m about to ask a stupid question/ this is a silly idea but…
Girl, this does not make you look humble, it is career suicide! Who is going to believe in your work if you don’t believe in it yourself? Pitch them with words like, “I think I have an idea that might work pretty well.”
2. It’s not part of my job description
There is always that extra duty that your boss expects you to take up. If you don’t feel like doing it, excuse yourself by saying that you are already swamped with work doing. Somehow, little things like that always get to human resource.
3. It’s not fair
There’s no nice way to say this: using these words make you look immature. Instead of complaining, ask questions like, “What inspired that decision? Is there anything I can do to change your mind?”
4. It will only take a minute
Seasoned bosses value brutal honesty when it comes to deadlines. While saying that it will only take a minute makes you look efficient, it can also make you look impractical if you do not complete your assignment as you promised.
5. It’s not my fault
Take the blame where it’s due and be patient with correction when it’s wrongly placed, especially when your boss is correcting you in front of other people. It’s pretty hard to scold someone once they have apologized for something and promised to do better. If wrongly accused, hold your tongue and explain the situation later everything has cooled down. If your boss keeps doing it even after you have explained yourself, take it up with their superior but never hold a showdown in front of your colleagues.
6. This is how it’s always been done
We’re living in a fast world and you can easily become redundant if you are not willing to try out something new. Using these words makes you look resistant to change, less innovative and lazy.
7. I’ll try
Instead, say that you will do your best. Showing a lack of trust in your own ability to perform never leaves a good impression on your bosses. Take up the challenge with excitement and give it your best shot. No one ever blames an eager learner.
Words can build or destroy your reputation, especially in the office where image is everything. Avoid these seven sentences and you’ll definitely have a very positive week at work.
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