1. 'This isn't in my job description'
The office can be a true minefield in knowing what to say. Even if you steer clear of rude jokes, gossiping about colleagues and calling your friends on your landline, according to advice in a LinkedIn article, you could be seriously damaging your career – by uttering one of these 11 phrases.
‘There are some things you simply never want to say at work,’ Bradberry writes. ‘These phrases carry special power: they have an uncanny ability to make you look bad even when the words are true… Often it’s the subtle remarks – the ones that paint us as incompetent and unconfident – that do the most damage.
Ready to see how many you might have been guilty of uttering over the years? Here we go…
Say instead… ‘If you don’t want to make yourself look bad, you need to stick to the facts, stay constructive, and leave your interpretation out of it. For instance, you could say, “I noticed that you assigned Ann that big project I was hoping for. Would you mind telling me what went into that decision? I’d like to know why you thought I wasn’t a good fit, so that I can work on improving those skills.”’
4. ‘I think …/This may be a silly idea …/I’m going to ask a stupid question’
5. ‘This will only take a minute’
7. ‘He’s lazy/incompetent/a jerk’
8. ‘That’s not in my job description’
10. ‘I can’t’
11. ‘I hate this job’