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What Not to Say to Your Boss

Tuesday, 05 Oct 2010 09:14 AM

All employees should study the art of communicating with their boss. Besides knowing what to say and how to put it, they should also know what never to say to their boss. There are times when it is much better to be silent and listen to the boss. Employees must also know what information to keep from their boss.

The following is a list of ten things not to say to your boss:
  1. Do not make sighing, moaning, groaning, or similar sounds. Develop a professionally pleasant attitude and demeanor when engaged in any conversation with your boss. Whatever is said should not seem unpleasant or disturbing. Avoid saying things that spoil the mood of your boss. Even if you do happen to say or do something that you should not have, quickly change the conversation from negative to positive. You can always come up with a positive answer when arriving late to work.
  1. If your boss wants something done, never tell your boss that it is not possible, or that it will be difficult to accomplish. Instead, offer suggestions about how you will try to get it accomplished.
  1. Do not say things to your boss that make you appear lazy, like complaining of being overworked. Don’t resist change or technological innovation.
  1. Never talk to your boss when you are angry.
  1. Avoid talking negatively about your bosses behind their back. There is the possibility that they will find out what you said.
  1. If you are asked to do something outside your line of work, never say no to the boss. It will sound much better if you ask permission to get help from the person or the department concerned, as you are not familiar with the job. Never tell your boss it is not part of your job. Taking the initiative to get it done will give the boss a positive impression of you.
  1. Never say anything disparaging about the efforts of others in front of your boss. Avoid insulting comments about other people. You can make suggestions for improvement after complimenting the work done.
  1. Do not tell the boss that his or someone else’s ideas are useless; offering ideas for their improvement is a better option. Never talk to your boss with overconfidence, like claiming to be too qualified for the job, or saying you don’t need to attend training courses.
  1. If you make a mistake, don’t tell your boss it was someone else’s fault. Accept responsibility and correct the mistake. 
  1. Never tell your boss that your salary is inadequate. Instead, study parameters in similar organizations, and ask for a raise, if justified.
Avoid asking the boss for unnecessary explanations concerning orders. If told to do something, do not ask the boss if it is necessary, just go ahead with it.
Avoid unnecessary social contact and “small talk” with your boss. Do not mix private life with your career.

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