8 Things You Should NEVER Say at Work

For most graduates, the work place is a new environment and there are many ways your inexperience could let you down.

Knowing how to behave is just as important as knowing how to do the job, so remember to avoid these eight phrases that could land you in the boss' office for all the wrong reasons!

“It’s not fair.”

There are many instances that may lead you to feel this way. Perhaps she got a raise and you didn't or he got the credit where it wasn't due. Remember injustices happen on the job and in the world every day! So instead of getting angry about it, turn your attention to your work and demonstrate why you should be considered in the future!

“He’s an idiot” or “she’s lazy”

He may act like an idiot whilst she sits back lazily avoiding work, but voicing these opinions in the workplace will make you sound more like a petulant child than a professional. If somebody else's attitude is genuinely affecting your productivity try making a formal complaint instead. Remember that employers want employees they can trust in front of important clients, and angry curses will undoubtedly prevent such opportunities!

“There’s nothing I can do.”

Really? Think back to your interview and remember yourself promoting your positive thinking and can-do attitude, are you living up to this promise when you decide there's nothing else to be done? Probably not. So despite the glum circumstances try saying things like"I’ll be glad to check on it again" and "let’s discuss what’s possible in this situation".

“You should have…” or “You could have…”

Imagine how you would feel if someone told you that "you should have done this differently" or "you could have worked harder on this". You probably wouldn't be feeling all that great. These fault-finding words inflict feelings of blame rather than promoting equality, collaboration and teamwork. Instead, find a less judgmental way to resolve the issue, that way you will maintain a working environment that keeps everybody happy and motivated! Try polite phrases such as, "next time, please bring this to my attention" or "In the future I recommend..."

"Don't tell so-and-so, but..."

Unfortunately, no matter how close you think you and you colleagues are or how much you think you can manage secrets, more often than not, words have a way of getting around. Be very careful about what you say and who you say it to, keeping in mind that rumours spread around the office will get blown out of proportion and you could be the one to get blamed!

TMI (Too Much Information!)

If work hard, play hard is your motto you're probably best keeping your weekend antics to yourself! Although it may be a hilarious story guaranteed to send the office into stitches it probably isn't the best idea. Telling your colleagues "I got so wasted last night" is very unprofessional and will make the company question your dedication. As a rule, keep such subjects off limits in the workplace so that you maintain a squeaky clean image employers will admire.

‘That’s not my job.’

All this shows is a stubborn unwillingness to go the extra mile. If its not in your job description, then there are two options: 
1) you can categorise yourself as selfish, proving that you're not a team player and therefore alienating yourself from any future assistance you may need;
2) you can explain that "I don’t usually handle that, but I’d be happy to look into it”, demonstrating your helpful nature and continuing support for your colleagues.
We advise the latter.


You get home after work, desperate to vent about the unreasonable things you've been forced to do and how you"can't wait to find another job", well think again before you click the send button! You never know who may be reading. It is increasingly important to be aware of your online reputation, you wouldn't want to fall victim to a 'social media sacking'!


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