Everyone has a bad day at work now and when you do it’s easy to say things to your boss you might regret later. In fact, what you say could increase your chances of winding up at the top of the pink slip list. If it’s a one-time occurrence you probably don’t have anything to worry about, but you are a habitual offender then you could seriously jeopardize your job security. So think carefully before you speak. Consider how your comment is going to sound to your boss who is probably as stressed as you are.
Here are the top seven things to avoid:
- It’s not my job. In today’s economy, businesses are getting by with fewer employees which means you may be asked to take on responsibilities beyond your original job description. It’s important to be a team player. Instead of complaining, demonstrate your willingness to take on additional tasks. Your boss will appreciate your supportive attitude.
- Overwhelmed Complainer. Most bosses don’t want to feel as though they are slave drivers so if you are constantly complaining of being overworked you could alienate your boss. Alternatively, he or she may assume that you aren’t qualified to do your job well and therefore it’s taking you more time than necessary to complete. Either way you aren’t putting yourself in a good light. If you truly feel as though you have more work than humanly possible to manage, have a positive discussion with your boss about priorities.
- I’m overqualified for this job. My response if someone said this to me would be then why did you take it in the first place. Lots of people are underemployed today because the job market is tight. Be happy you have a job and instead of complaining to your boss, start looking for something else.
- It can’t be done. Negative people bring down the morale in any workplace setting. Instead of being the one who wants to kill ideas from the beginning, ask questions in a positive way to help your boss or co-workers think through a situation. You may be the one who is surprised that when you open your mind, it actually can be done.
- I don’t get paid enough! I read a blog post on a social media site once where one of my employees said, “I don’t get paid enough to take this crap.” Remember, in a down economy there are lots of people who would jump at the chance to have a pay check. So before you blast your boss for not paying you enough, stop to think what it would be like not to have a check at all.
- It’s not my fault. Constantly pointing fingers at everyone and everything else when something goes wrong, won’t endear you to anyone – much less your boss. If something goes wrong, think about your role in the situation and be professional enough to take accountability when appropriate.
- Threats. Never threaten your boss no matter how angry you get. Depending on the nature of your threat, it could be grounds for immediate termination.