As the world of career hunting becomes more competitive, everyone who is employed will try their best to keep their jobs and excel in it; rather than go back to square one. However, challenges such as workforce rivalries are almost inevitable. Often, the best way to handle such encounters is by avoiding things that could make the situations more difficult. Even if your company exercises “freedom of expression,” there are still several career-damaging phrases or actions that you should never express to your co-workers. Below is our handy checklist to avoid in your day-to-day workforce conversations for more success in your job.
“No or No Way”
The fastest way to turn off employees is by going negative. As reiterated by Allie Gray Freeland, PR director at iAcquire.com, you need to give that person (could be your boss or your fellow employee seeking for your help) “a chance to explain their request or point of view.” Let them speak for themselves to find out if you can do it or not. The best way to respond is by saying “let me think of what I can do” instead of shutting people away with “no.”
“Dissing” the Boss
Sometimes, your boss may expect you to meet “unrealistic deadlines at any cost, including your sanity,” wrote Richard McMunn, career expert and founder of how2become. Hot-headed employees may end up expressing their grievances freely on their respective work stations whenever the boss isn’t around. If you want to excel at this work, avoid saying harmful comments about your boss, even if you are obliged to participate in this kind of unprofessional forum. You can listen, but you can’t certainly risk dropping a “bombshell phrase” that will also tarnish your reputation in the long run. Plus, there is a possibility that this action will inevitably come back to bite you.
“It’s not fair”
So your rival got promoted and you didn’t. He/she got a raise and you didn’t. He/she was highly recognized and gain, you didn’t. Try to control yourself and do not allow your emotion to conquer your attitude. Otherwise, you will end up exploding in your desk and shouting “it’s not fair!” Injustices don’t only happen in the workforce, it happens in our everyday life. The best way to approach this scenario is to be proactive about the issue instead of complaining or passively whining. Gather documented facts, improve your performance, and present an intelligent argument to your boss.
Even if it’s not stated in your contract, one of the primary etiquettes in any workforce has been to never disclose your salary with your co-workers. This confidential information can be passed on to others and might create feelings of jealousy and resentment among others who have lower compensation packages, or worse, it can even ignite a dirty workplace politics. If the human resources traced this action of yours, they will use it as a ground for termination.
As surprising as it may seem, you should never use this phrase when someone thanks you for your services. According Jacquelyn Smith of Forbes, “when someone thanks you, the courteous and polite reply is you’re welcome.” Why? The casual laid-back phrase “no problem” communicates and implies that the situation could have been a problem on your part. It negates the person’s appreciation for your help. It’s even more advisable to say “anything else?” or “anytime” instead.
Sharing Too Much Information (TMI)
Be mindful about you and your co-workers’ personal lives. It is unprofessional to drag personal issues around the workplace. You can do this by avoiding personal questions like the following:
· “Are you getting a divorce soon?”
· “How many children do you have?”
· “What is your age?”
· “Who have you been dating recently?”
· “What is your gender preference?”
Of course, if you’ve established a deeper level of friendships among a few of your co-workers, it’s acceptable to be talking about the above-mentioned questions (when outside the office). It is still inappropriate to consume the time you should be utilizing in accomplishing your tasks in favor of gossiping.
“I am too busy”
Everyone is busy. If some aren’t busy, then, they should not be with you in the company in the first place. Avoid saying this phrase as it can foster negative relations between your co-workers and bosses.
Observing office etiquette is your ultimate solution to avoid the above-mentioned mistakes. Remember that everything you do and say now can be the key point of your success or failure in the future. What’s the worst you can say to the boss?
Kyle Albert is a writer specializing in Technology in relation to career development and employee relations. Because of his years of experience as a human resources officer in various recruitment firms, his passion is now geared towards writing helpful tips and pieces of advice to career seekers, business owners, and corporate employees. He usually visits Verizon for tech updates and skills-universe for work related articles. Hangout with him via Google+.