As we head into the thick of the holiday season, spirits may tend to be a little bit brighter and lighter at the office. That is, if you don’t have a boss who’s a Scrooge!

Maybe your boss isn’t exactly tactful? According to a piece in Forbes, there are several things a boss should never say to his or her staff.

1. Don’t Say,“I pay your salary. You have to do what I say.”  As pointed out in the piece, this one’s a no brainer. It pretty much dictates to employees and has an overwhelming sense of threat. Power plays, anyone? On the contrary, successful bosses empower their employees by leading by example and even rolling up their own sleeves to jump in and get the job done. Read more