12 Things You should Never Say At Work

Posted By Management consultant, ISO consultant, Marketing consultant, CRM, Digital Marketing, SEO, ISO 9001 certification nirav on 2018-04-17

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Here are 12 Things you should never say at work and what to say Instead

The workplace can be minefield of office politics,stress and complicated relationships.One way you can make your time in the office easier is by knowing what not to say.

“That’s not my problem”

Why not to say it :-

We’ve all heard it before and when you’re juggling a lot of things, it’s easy to dismiss things that aren’t “your problem”. Unfortunately, you can potentially appear self – serving and not a team player.

What to say instead :-

I recommend you talk to… (insert name)

“But we’ve always done it that way”

Why Not to say it:-

People can be scared of change and while there is value in experience,Its not always, a legitimate excuse.It can make you appear inflexible and “stuck in your ways”.

What to say instead:-

That’s a different approach – can you tell me why it is better?

“There’s nothing I can do”

Why not to say it:-

Sometimes it really does feel there’s nothing else we can do,especially if we’ve exhausted all possibilities. Adopting a “can – do” attitude would go much further than admitting defeat.

What to say Instead:- 

I’m a bit stuck, can you help me find any other options?

“This will only take a minute”

Why not to say it :- 

Things rarely do take a minute, but when you have that demanding colleague you want to reassure them, and yourself.However there is no value in something rushed.

What to say Instead:-

Let me get back to you in a time frame.

“That makes no sense”:-

Why not to say it :-

We all get confused, but rather than jump to conclusion it could be that you simply don’t understand. Instead of appearing negative,try to recognize what the other person is saying.

What to say Instead:-

I’m not sure about that one – can you tell me why it is a better option?

“You’re Wrong”

Why not to say it:-

This can slip out before we realize; the trouble is you’re verging trampling on office etiquette and could rite some people up.Try a more diplomatic approach.

What to say instead:-

I disagree and here’s why.. what do you think?

“I’m sorry but…”

Why not to say it :-

We rarely think when we say sorry,and it’s often followed by an excuse.The undoes the power of a true apology.

What to say instead:-

I’m sorry about that… next time I will…

“I just assumed that”

Why not to say:-

Mistakes are easy to make and can simply come from miscommunication. Nevertheless, it’s much better to not express assumptions and clarify what it is you need to do.

What to say instead:-

Could you clarify what your expectations are for me?

“I did my best”

Why not to say it:-

Since school we have always been taught to try our best.But when your best isn’t enough, use it as a lesson you can learn from.

What to say instead:-

What could I do better next time?

“You should have” 

Why not to say it:-

Pointing out mistakes when you’re frustrated is all too easy to do, But blaming someone and finding faults with them or their work isn’t the best approach.Try to be more constructive.

What to say instead:-

It didn’t work – here’s what I recommend next time…

“I may be wrong, but….”

Why not to say it :-

You have an idea but lack confidence and worried others might dismiss what you have to say. Avoid discounting yourself and tell people what you think.

What to say instead:-

Here’s an idea….

“I haven’t had time”

Why not to say it :-

There is never enough hours in the day,and conflicting priorities occur far too often.It’s better to be proactive and say when the task will be done,rather than explaining why it is late.

What to say instead:-

I will be able to get this done by…..

And if you have said something you regret,here are three steps to quickly recover…

Apologize – Be sincere for any upset or confusion you might have caused.

State what you didn’t mean – Admit your error, explain what you did not intend to do or say.

Say what you actually mean – Explain what you really intended to say or do.

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