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WORKPLACE / AUG. 29, 2013
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Phrases to Avoid at Work

Within a professional workplace, it is important to act in a manner that is non-offensive and considerate of the people you work with, or work for. Whether you are talking to your boss, a work colleague, or a client, you should always pay close attention to what you say and how you deliver your words.

There are certain words and phrases that are not acceptable to use in the workplace; whether you use politically incorrect terminology or offensive humour, you may affect your chances of success at work.

The following are examples of phrases that should not be used at work:

  • “That’s not my job”
  • “Don’t tell anyone I said this, but…”
  • “I haven’t had a raise”
  • “Im not satisfied with my salary”
  • “Im stressed out working here”
  • “Im sick of my job”

Never follow these unprofessional behaviors as an employee:

  • Mentioning your personal or medical problems to your colleagues.
  • Telling your colleagues your salary or asking them about theirs.
  • Asking colleagues about their religion or political interests.
  • Telling your work colleagues that you “don’t have time for them” is rude, especially if your job entails you to work within a team.
  • Saying “I don’t have time for that” will imply you have poor time management skills.
  • Admitting you are searching for a new job to your colleagues.
  • General swearing or inappropriate behavior in public.
  • Gossiping about your colleagues personal or work related issues to other colleagues.
  • Do not criticize yourself, your abilities, your colleagues or your boss while at work.

This list is not exhaustive, however, the above mentioned are the most common mistakes made by employees and which should be heavily avoided at all costs to ensure you do not damage your chances for advancing your career.


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