What Did You Say? Six Things You Should Never Say to Your Boss

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You've dreamt about it at one time or another. Telling off that supervisor or manager who really makes your blood boil would be satisfying, wouldn't it? Well, keep fantasizing all you want because you should never go through with it.

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    What Did You Say? Six Things You Should Never Say to Your Boss[By Mary Waldron]

    Youve dreamt about it at one time or another. Telling off that supervisor or manager who really makes your blood boil would be

    satisfying, wouldnt it? Well, keep fantasizing all you want because you should never go through with it. Dont even save it for

    your last day. Its just not worth it.

    In addition to those tell-it-like-it-is moments

    that youd love to let loose at the office, there

    are a few specific phrases that you really

    should keep to yourself. Read on to find out

    some of the most annoying and damaging

    comments you can make to your boss.

    1. I know what Im doing.

    In a successful business relationship,

    especially if you are lower on the food chain

    than the other person, there should be some

    level of humility and a willingness to grow

    and improve as a professional. So when your

    superior criticizes how you approached a

    project or a situation, you really should take

    heed. Usually there are some good reasons

    that person is above you, and you should take

    his or her advice seriously.

    Even if what your superior says is illogical,

    unethical, or just plain wrong, you should

    accept the words with open arms and

    attempt to find some sort of use for them.

    Besides, an ego-driven comment like I

    know what Im doing, no matter how much

    you think you know, sounds uncooperative,

    closed-minded, ignorant, and rude. Even the

    most seasoned professionals admit that they

    learn new things every day in their careers,

    and that really is the truth. So dont shoot

    yourself in the foot by making such a bold

    and arrogant statement.

    2. We need to talk. Its important.

    This one is a killer. I wish more professionals

    realized what a nuisance this is. Bothering

    your boss about an insignificant matter is

    bad enough, but trying to trap him or her

    into a meeting or call with this line, with no

    explanation, is disrespectful and tacky.

    Any time you want to talk to your boss about

    something, whatever it may be, give him or

    her a quick synopsis in a phone call, email,

    or message. That way, if its a matter that

    can be cleared up without meeting or at a

    more appropriate time, his or her time can

    be saved. The one thing you never want to

    waste or disrespect is your bosss time.

    I used to work with an employee who would

    do this sort of thing to our boss almost on a

    daily basis; it was out of control. She would

    march to his office, knock on his open door,

    say, I need to talk to you about a couple

    things, walk in, and sit down before he could

    even say anything.

    Although my former boss should have

    stood up for himself and sent her away,

    this employees behavior was incredibly

    disrespectful and annoying. She would

    demand our bosss attention for matters that

    he had no time forhe had more important

    things to worry about. She usually would

    vent about her problems with completing

    her tasks and duties, which voiced a more

    serious problem, I think. But the point is you

    need to value your bosss time and try to

    solve your jobs problems and issues without

    cornering him or her in an office.

    3. Thats not part of my job description.

    If your boss asks you to put on a chicken

    suit and do the Macarena, you do it. Okay, I

    guess thats a bit degrading, but my point is

    you should do whatever your boss asks of

    you. Many times, unless your firm is in the

    top tier, projects that do not directly relate to

    your job will get assigned to you. It actually

    happens more often than not.

    Dont look at these assignments as time-

    consuming, mindless tasks. These are actually

    little jewels that you can leverage to get your

    next raise. When its time to be reviewed for a

    raise, you will have a neat collection of extra

    completed tasks that will hopefully boost your

    chances of getting more money.

    Taking on additional responsibilities also

    helps establish your reliability, trust, and

    team-player attitude in the eyes of your boss.

    This is priceless in terms of your current job,

    as well as your careers future.

    4. I didnt have time to do it.

    Im not asking you to lie to your boss. Yes,

    sometimes you wont have enough time to

    complete everything on time, but this should

    not happen when your boss is waiting for

    something. If your boss assigns you a task,

    get it done as soon as possibleeven before

    he or she needs it. This will help build your

    credibility with him or her.

    If you have a boss who assigns you five to 0

    gigantic extra tasks per week, all with the

    same due date, okay, yes, you have an issue.

    My point is you should take action on every

    single task assigned by your boss as soon as

    you can. Prioritize your tasks and strive to

    complete those which must be done on time.

    If you cannot complete a task by its due date,

    do all that you can for the time being so that

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    when you have to answer to your boss about

    the task, you can report on its progress and

    pinpoint a date when it will be done. Were

    not machines, but if we manage our time

    properly, we can at least get the ball rolling

    on most tasks, even if we physically dont

    have the time to complete them.

    Some bosses dont even particularly care

    whether the task is done; they just like to

    test employees or see how well they can

    execute the task. So if you walk into your

    bosss office and tell him or her you didnt

    have time to finish your task, you will have

    failed the test and lost major credibility

    points.

    5. Its 5:00 p.m. Im going home.

    Even if your boss schedules a meeting with

    you at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, keeping you

    from making it to your dinner date on time,

    you need to bite your tongue. Sometimes

    you need to work late to complete timely

    assignments, and sometimes you need to

    work late to show your boss that youre a

    superstar in his or her company. Its just

    the way life is. Again, as with doing extra

    work, you need to tough it out to work toward

    greater rewards.

    6. That was so-and-sos fault.

    Blame: another ugly thing to see an

    employee do. Never lower yourself to

    pointing fingers in front of your boss. If you

    did screw up, admit it to your boss and take

    the heat. If you simply apologize and do

    what you can to help fix the problem, your

    boss will see that you learned a lesson, and

    hopefully he or she will move on from it.

    If the issue is really not your fault, you

    should still handle the situation carefully

    and gracefully. Im not asking you to create

    a faade for your boss. Choose your words

    carefully in situations where someone else

    is at fault for the failure of a project. Present

    how you contributed to the project and

    explain everything from your point of view.

    Then your boss will see your side of the story

    and figure out whose fault it is without you

    even mentioning the guilty party.

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