CAREER DEVELOPMENT / OCT. 01, 2014
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8 Things You Should Never Say at Work

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1. 1. “That’s not my job”
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By saying to someone, “It’s not my job,” you’re implying that you don’t care; you’re lazy or are not willing to help out. Whatever they have asked you to do is clearly important or they wouldn’t have asked you to do it in the first place. However, this does not mean that you have to say yes. It is acceptable for you to say no, but do it in an articulate way that does not leave you looking unprofessional. Instead you could say, “Of course. Would you like to me do that now or once I’ve finished the current tasks I’ve scheduled to do?” This shows that you are keen and agreeable, but also that you do have a lot of work to do already.

As we spend most of our waking days at work, we generally feel comfortable in our surroundings. However, feeling too comfortable can be dangerous if we allow ourselves to slip up by forgetting where we are. There are certain things, which a lot of us often forget, that we should never say when we are at work. Winston Churchill famously stated, “We are masters of the unsaid words, but slaves of those we let slip out.” This could not be truer than in the workplace. If you were to speak to any executive or senior leader, they would all agree that some words, even when used harmlessly, can indeed be seen in a negative light. It is always best to think before you speak and to use language that can be empowering and show confidence and credibility.

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