January 5, 2014

10 Things You Should Never Say To Your Boss

If there is one person in your life you want to keep happy, it’s probably your boss. ¬†Are you on her good side? It’s best to keep her smiling. A happy boss means that your day to day life will continue positively. An unhappy boss is something that every wants to avoid.

Management is not for everyone. Being the boss is hard work. It’s up to the boss to make sure the work gets done as efficiently and effectively as possible. The boss has the power to make sure that her employees make that happen. That’s a lot of pressure. Always be on your best, most professional behavior.

Some bosses are good. Here’s how to know if you have a great boss. Others are worthless. Whatever type of boss you have, there are certain things that they never want to hear come out of your mouth. Here are a few surefire ways to make your boss angry:

  1. “That’s Not My Job” – If your boss tells you to do something, do it. Don’t whine and complain. Try the task or ask for help to get it done.
  2. “I’m Hung-Over” – This is an absolute no-no. It can even cost you your job because maybe you aren’t taking your job seriously.
  3. “I Hate So-And-So” – Aren’t you supposed to be a team player? It’s super annoying for a boss to hear your lack of respect for your co-workers.
  4. “It’s Not My Fault” – Take some responsibility for your actions. You don’t have to admit fault, but take the time and energy to make it right.
  5. “I’ll Quit If” – Is that a threat? It won’t get you ahead. Trust us.
  6. “Give Me A Raise” – The boss will pay you what you deserve. Use a bit of tact if you’re seeking a raise. Click here for some advice.
  7. “It’s Too Difficult” – It may be hard, but it’s your job. You are getting paid to do your job.
  8. “I Agree to Disagree” – There are times when it is appropriate to bite your lip and just say nothing.
  9. “I Can’t” – That’s just an excuse. Yes you can. Try it.
  10. “I’m Not On The Clock Right Now” – Where’s your drive? If something needs to get done, do it now. Even if you aren’t “on the clock,” your personal drive will ultimately get you ahead.

Have you ever said any of these things to your boss? Hopefully not. If you have, don’t sweat it. Just try not to do it again. Or start searching for a job!

Keep your work life as professional as possible at all times. Avoid certain topics like night life, religion, politics, job searching, sexual orientation, or health issues. If they don’t immediately affect your job, they don’t need to be mentioned at work. Keep it pro.

No matter what type of job you have, it’s best to keep your boss happy. Do what needs to be done, be a professional, and watch what you say. It’s one of the easiest ways to stay hired.

About this Author 

Derek Lennon is a skier and writer who lives, works, and plays in the mountains. He travels the globe in search of snow and adventure. Life has allowed him to live and work all over the world doing cool jobs and loving every minute of it.

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