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.
We’ve all felt like this at some point during our working lives. However, actually saying these childish words and acting on them could be detrimental to your career. Rather than immediately going to your boss, try working on the relationship with your colleague. You never know, you may actually have a lot in common. If this still doesn’t help, then go to your line manager and explain to them the problem. Make sure you start the conversation with the words, “I feel” and explain that you are going to him/her as you want to better the situation.
He got the promotion instead of you, she got a raise and you didn’t. Sometimes injustices happen, but it’s how you deal with them that counts. Rather than sitting whining, be proactive. Get a claim together, with evidence to back up your point and present it to your boss or person who could help you.
Even if you feel you haven’t had time, never say this. Though, 9 times out of ten, you would have had time if you had organised yourself better or simply hadn’t forgotten. The best thing to do in this situation is to give a time when it will be done instead of explaining why it wasn’t in the first place.
If you had a great weekend and go into work on Monday morning and boast about it to your colleagues, it could become a career killer. Your employer will not be impressed to overhear about your wild, crazy antics as it may make you appear careless and irresponsible.
Think back to a time when you asked someone to do something for you and their answer was, “I’ll try.” How did you feel? Were you confident that the job would get done? I highly doubt it. The reason is because the phrase, “I’ll try” has an air of failure around it. Make sure to use the words “I will” instead. It will fill your boss with a lot more confidence in you.
Gossiping at work is highly tempting, but make sure that you are not the one doing the gossiping. A lot of this gossip may seem harmless, but you don’t want to be seen spreading unfavourable gossip about someone that may be proven to be untrue in the future.
We all grew up crying this phrase to any adults that accused us of doing something we shouldn’t have, but now that we’re adults ourselves, this phrase should never be uttered again. This can prove to be difficult if we are accused of something which we generally did not do, but there are other ways of going about it. Remember, your employer isn’t so interested in who did the damage, as long as it’s fixed. So, rather than try to prove your innocence, spend your time trying to help them come up with a solution. If however, the issue did stem from you, then this action of helping can show that you have learned from the experience.
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.