Things You Shouldn't Say at the Office

If you want to get AHEAD at work, there are phrases you need to leave OUT of your professional vocabulary. Here they are, courtesy of Real Simple magazine and Suzanne Bates, author of Speak Like a CEO.

  • Don’t say, “That’s not my job.” If your boss asks you to do something, it IS your job. Instead, try saying “Should that should be my priority right now? Because I have a lot on my plate.” Then have a conversation with your boss about your responsibilities, and what they consider to be the most important.
  • Don’t say, “This might sound stupid, but…” You should never undermine your ideas by prefacing them with this kind of wishy-washy language. Instead, say what’s on your mind. This reinforces your credibility, because it shows that you’re able to present your ideas with confidence.
  • When you’re on the job, never say, “I don’t have time to talk to you.” RUDE! Instead, ask the person, “Can I come by – or call you back – after I’ve finished this?” Then quickly and graciously explain why now isn’t a good time, and suggest a better one. Let your phone calls go to voicemail until you can give callers your undivided attention.

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