Good communication at the workplace can get you miles ahead of your coworkers and colleagues. But at the same time, a pissed off comment or an improper behavior can scar the progress of your career forever and can even end up costing your job. And this is true specially if it’s your employer is the one who’s listening to all your aggressive rants and random comments. So in order to stay sharp and stay ahead of the curve, you need to know what to talk to the employer and especially what not to. This article discusses the top ten such things than you should never utter in front of your boss.
10. The Egotistical statement
It’s not uncommon for people to let our ego get in the way of what we do. Yes, we have all had that moment when we take great pleasure in doing even the simplest things, or the urge to turn down something trivial yet important just because we consider ourselves too high for such simple job. Though such an attitude is fine when confined within one self, communicating such kind of statements to an employer is assured to get you nothing but trouble. So keep your ego in check and communicate with humbleness to your boss.
9. Anger management
This is something that almost everyone knows in the back of their heads, but amazingly all of them forget this simple rule exactly at the hour of need – Never shout at your boss. Yes, of course, I know what you’re thinking, why on earth I would shout at my boss. Well combine ego, demeaning comments, excessive workloads and low paychecks and voila you have a winner. At the heat of an argument, we all lose our way and raise our voice and lose our temper. Try to control it at the first place, if not don’t let it get out of hand too much.
8. Be professional when communicating
Gossiping and discussing about others with your best buddies and roommates or even your mom can be actually pretty heartwarming, but in front of your boss? You’re asking for nothing but trouble. Always maintain a tone of professionalism with your boss, never relish the failures of colleagues and bitch about their success to your employer. And more importantly never complain and whine in front of your boss, or any other person who you respect actually. Maintain this and it’s sure to get you a high level of respect among your peers.
I don’t exactly mean ‘I will get you if you don’t give me the promotion’ kind of threatening but rather the kind of threats that poses you as if you’re higher than your employer. Always remember this golden rule in the corporate environment – no matter how good you’re, your boss considers himself to be always higher than you. So never threaten him with statements like, ‘If I were in another company, I would be in a better position’. This will not only raise doubts on your employer’s mind but can cause instant unemployment as well.
6. The classic case of priority preference
Alright, we all get it that you were here first, so what? If someone else is performing way better than you, he’s obviously going to hog all the attention of your boss – deal with it. And if he gets a promotion before you, don’t storm in to your boss’s office shouting, ‘how dare you, I was here first’ kind of threats. We are no longer in the 80’s, try to be calm and discuss with your employer how he sees you in comparison with other better performers. Creative criticism can definitely lead to better results than complaining and asking for priority.
5. Hurdles are too hard, got one of them short sprints?
Getting a job we love is not pretty easy, but learning to love what we got can be much easier. So if you’re given an assignment that you don’t like, try your best to outperform even in that. Don’t run to your boss with every single hurdle that comes along your way and complain that he should’ve never assigned this job to you in the first place. Be the problem solver in your company, not the problem creator
4. Never blame your employer
It’s pretty evident that the company’s going down and in no way it’s making any profits, but that doesn’t give you the right to point hands at your boss for it. Yes, probably you know your employer better than the customers or the lower level workers, but be subtle in telling him where the mistakes are happening instead of stating it out blank – You’re the reason we are losing business. If not be sure to leave an air freshener when you clean out your table, because such a direct accusation is definitely going to cost your job.
3. Complaining about job satisfaction
In a corporate environment or any job place for that matter, knowing the roles of you and your employer is very important. And keeping you happy at the workplace is definitely not one of your boss’s roles. If you’re not happy about your job, find a way to keep your spirits up. But complaining about this constantly to your employer will only make things worse. Always be creative when you discuss such things with him, for instance ask him how he feels and respond accordingly to save the hassles.
2. Never forget who you are
Congratulations on being promoted to your new position with better responsibilities, but wait before you go around boasting and misusing your power, remember your power. When given higher responsibility, it doesn’t give you the verbal freedom to state things like “I know what I am doing, you don’t have to tell me” to your employer. No matter how high up in position you are, the workplace is still a machine where one action affects others. So be careful of what you say and how you use your new found responsibilities.
1. I want to go home
The greatest teachings and the best principles advise us to preserve the inner child inside of us all. Now this doesn’t exactly mean you can behave or communicate like one to your boss. If you ever want to be considered seriously, always maintain a professional tone and maintain a tough exterior. Don’t whine or refuse responsibilities like a child, or think you can get things done by donning a childish behavior. Trust me, it never works.
So there you have it, the whole range of communication errors that you should never make with your boss. Just follow them and your assured of having a great career ahead.