Crucial Things to Never Say at Work
By Sandy Schroeder
When we are not thinking, we may say things we wish we had not said. That can be even more serious when you are at work. The wrong remark can create a bad impression, needlessly irritate co-workers, or create an awkward moment for everyone. Clearly communicating with a positive approach at work is one of the ways to move ahead. Don’t blow that opportunity with careless remarks. Here are a few important ones to avoid from Dumblittleman.com.
Never say, “I cannot do that” - Always be willing to tackle a new area and learn as you do it. You may be surprised at how easy it really is, or how many people are willing to help you get up to speed. At first, you may really feel you can’t do a certain task, but it’s always smart to research it and give it a shot.
Never say, “This is the way we always did it” - You may have had a perfectly good way to handle something at another job, but insisting on your approach may make you seem rigid. Instead, be willing to learn a new approach, mentioning that you were familiar with the process. Later, you may add some pointers from your previous job, or even merge the two approaches.
Never say, “I do not know” - It’s OK to admit that you don’t know something, but it’s also smart to offer to learn about it. When you respond, you can ask about available classes or demonstrations from a co-worker. Or you could research the area on your own and report back. It’s always good to learn new stuff, and to appear willing to do so.
Never say, “This is not my job” - Always respond with a positive attitude, asking for direction if you are dealing with a new area. That makes you a professional who is always willing to learn more. It also makes you a team player who will step up when needed. Most of us have seen someone stand firm, rejecting some task as not part of their job. Often they appear petty and uncooperative.
Never refuse to work with someone - Sometimes personalities or work styles clash, but usually there is a way to find common ground if you look for it. Make the effort to find a way to work with everyone. Often we learn new things when we do.
The smartest thing to do to avoid unfortunate remarks is to pause a half-second (or more) before you speak. When you do respond, you will have found a way to say something positive.
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