They say that “Honesty is always the best policy”, but when it comes to speaking with your boss, you have to think before you speak. Your bosses may dress casually, act funny, and treat you like a friend, but remember that he is still the boss. Think about the fact that you work with him/her 8 hours a day, and that he/she somehow holds the key to help you reach your career goals. Keep your tongue in check and refrain from telling your boss the following if you want to save your job.
1.“I Was So Drunk Last Night.”
Your boss is probably not interested about your nightlife anyway so there’s no need to tell him/her about it. You are expected to be at work and complete all your tasks and just because you came home late from an all-nighter is not a valid excuse for you to give anything less than your 100%.
2.“I Need A Salary Increase.”
If you feel that you deserve a raise, talk it over with your boss privately. Make sure you are well prepared with a list of your achievements so you can back up your request with tangible accomplishments and reinforce your track record.
3.“Sorry, I’m late (For the whole week).”
You are not sorry if you are always late. Set your alarm 30 minutes earlier, and you will never say this phrase again. It’s that simple.
4.“I Am On Vacation Leave Next Week.”
This is as if you are just informing, and not asking permission from your boss.What if there are projects/tasks that you need to do on those dates that your boss has not informed you yet? Phrase your request properly and always let your boss know about your plans ahead of time so he/she can organize tasks and allocate the resources required to cover your absence (manpower, schedule, etc.)
5.“They Stole My Idea.”
Unless you can prove that it was indeed yours, then deal with it. Don’t cry like a baby because it’s your fault. Next time you have an idea in mind, put it down in paper and submit it to your boss as a proposal so nobody would be able to take the credit from you.
6.“I Cannot Work With This Person.”
Workplace is not High School. Bosses expect personal conflicts to not get in the way of getting the job done. Be flexible and show your boss that you are a team player and that you won’t have any problem working with just about anyone.
7.“How Do I Benefit From This?”
Anything that improves the workplace benefits everyone. Be a team player.
8.“I can’t do it.”
Actually, you can. You just don’t know how, yet. So do your research and find out how it’s done.
9.“How much is your salary?”
Salary, by nature is really confidential. You really shouldn’t be asking and if you do, be prepared to deal with the information. Remember, what you don’t know won’t kill you, or in this case, won’t make you jealous.
10.“I Will Resign.”
If you should, then just do it. There is no need to announce because then you’d sound like you’re asking for sympathy or maybe, a higher pay.
Of course, this list barely scratches the surface because there are a thousand things you really shouldn’t be telling your boss. You are better off controlling your tongue. Remember the rule – think before you speak.
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