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THE GENTLEMen's DEPARTMENT

October 03, 2016

Things You Should Never Say to Your Boss

things you should never say to your boss

A job is just a job, right? Uh, not so much when it's what puts food on the table and pays the bills. Ramen noodles get old after awhile. That being said, everyone has dealt with a less than ideal boss at some point. Just because the boss sucks, doesn't mean it's a free-for-all. Words said at the wrong time in the the wrong place can affect future prospects too.

"That's not in my job description."

Ever heard of being a team player? Apparently not, if this is uttered to the person who signs the checks. Implying the company is not worthy of a little extra effort is self-sabotage.

"We never did it that way before."

Knocking down ideas without offering constructive alternatives is bad news. Besides, that's just a dig at the boss's authority. Innovation is this amazing thing that helps companies grow.

"Actually, I already cleared it with (Boss's BOSS)."

Talk about undermining authority! Wanting to climb the corporate ladder is one thing, but cutting the rungs on the proverbial ladder is going to lead to nowhere, fast. There are rare circumstances that warrant going over an immediate supervisor's head. Go ahead and start updating that resume.

"Sorry, I'm not on the clock."

It's one thing to rush out for an appointment with a specialist that's been scheduled for months, but even then, words should be chosen carefully. Simply throwing a hand in the air and refusing to work after the time clock was punched shows a lack of commitment to the company.

"That fat paycheck is why I show up everyday."

Common sense says most people go to work for the paycheck. Voicing this so crudely to the boss is a good way to ensure that paycheck doesn't grow any fatter. Boss's prefer to promote people who want to be there.

Professionals understand there is a line that should not be crossed when speaking to those higher up the ladder. People who make themselves indispensable are the people who will be enjoying steak with their craft brew.

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