Given the amount of time we spend at work, it’s understandable that a lot of us get pretty comfortable there. It’s a good thing when you can really be yourself at work, and it’s nice to have friends there, too. But, no matter how much your workplace feels like a home away from home, the truth is that it isn’t. Your workplace is a professional environment, and there are some lines that should never be crossed. Let’s take a look at a few things that you should never say to your co-workers. Really. Never.
- “Who are you voting for?”
Save the political discussions for your personal time. It’s inappropriate to discuss your own views at work, much less solicit the opinions of others. Political talk is divisive and it can hinder collaboration. Additionally, the person you ask could feel cornered or even bullied by your question. In the office, it’s safest to avoid political discussions all together.
- “I’m soooooo tired.”
We’re all tired. Talking about it really isn’t helping anyone, is it?!
- “I have to tell you something about the boss, but don’t tell anyone, okay?”
Sometimes, office gossip can be a good thing, and sometime you need to talk about important things that are going on. But, getting everyone all fired up when you don’t have a plan for improving things simply isn’t helpful. When trying to make a difficult situation better, act thoughtfully and intentionally.
- “You always…” or, “You never…”
These types of phrases are a bit overly dramatic and probably also inaccurate. Very few people “always” or “never” do something. Blanket statements like these can make people feel defensive, and they aren’t the best way to work toward finding solutions to problems.
- “That’s not my job; it’s not in my contract.”
A lot of people do things that fall outside of their job descriptions. If you start to be seen as someone who is unwilling to help out when things get busy, it could hurt your professional reputation and maybe even your career in the long run. Plus, you might want to ask someone else for a little help at some point, right?!
- “Well, actually….”
Prefacing a correction with, “Well, actually…” is just plain obnoxious. Simply leave it off of the beginning of your statement when you need to issue a direction or a correction. What you have to say will be received much better if you do.
- “I hate this stupid job.”
It’s understandable that you need to vent once in a while, but the office isn’t the right place to do it. Negativity isn’t constructive. People are trying to get through the day with a good attitude. Don’t bring them down.