Monster.com just released a top â€ś15 Things Not to Say to Your Boss.â€ť Itâ€™s hard to imagine anyone actually saying some of these things to a superior, but itâ€™s no doubt happened. Sometimes we get overworked, sometimes we suffer from lack of sleep, and sometimes we have things going on in our personal life that accidentally flow over into our professional life.
And itâ€™s OK to be experiencing all of those things â€” just keep yourself in check and be sure not to verbalize them.
A few of our favorites from the list include:
â€śIâ€™m going to quit after I (fill in the blank).â€ť You might be the most ambitious person on the face of the earth, but if you ever indicate that your goals are anything but long term at the company youâ€™re working for, they might save you a step and ask you to leave. And what if your boss starts to look around for a replacement before youâ€™re ready to leave? Itâ€™s not worth it, so keep any plans that might mean leaving your company to yourself.
â€śI partied a little too hard last night.â€ť Nothing says unprofessional like a person who shows up to work with bags under their eyes and uncombed hair. Even if your boss doesnâ€™t say anything explicitly to you, you may lose credibility in his or her eyes.
â€śIâ€™m bored/this job is boring.â€ť If youâ€™re twiddling your thumbs, do something about it. Ask for extra work and be specific about it. And if you think youâ€™re doing nothing but busy work, start deciding the best path to a different job within the company that will challenge you.
â€śI canâ€™t work with so and so. I hate him.â€ť Involving the boss in personality conflicts should always be a last resort. Unless the situation warrants, such as in the case of harassment, being threatened, or being asked to be unethical, try to work it out among yourselves first.
To check out the rest of the list, which is a great read, check out Monster.com.