Employment is nice. It gives us something to do during the day and the ability to pay our bills. Unemployment? Not so much fun. So, if you want to avoid the latter, take some cues from a post we first read on Monster.
Please don’t be that guy or gal. You know, the one without any tact who lacks a filter and says one of the following things to a boss…
1. Admit who you “can’t stand working with.” Major no-no. Complaining about a colleague’s personality won’t reflect poorly on them. In fact, it could do quite the opposite! It could make you look like you can’t handle various personalities.
The piece advises, “If you have to speak to HR about a problem such as a colleague’s threatening, illegal or unethical behavior, keep your tone professional and the focus on work — not personal issues.”2. “I partied too hard last night — I’m so hung over!” Ugh. There’s no need to bring your personal life into the office so try to avoid sharing details about your big night out. Even if you’re friendly with your boss, please refrain from oversharing. Fake it if you have to by drudging through the day as best you can without telling people why you’re not on your A-game.
3. “But I emailed you about that last week.” Sure, you may feel like you’re covering your tracks but technically it’s showing you didn’t follow up.
The piece points out, “Bosses hate the ‘out of my outbox, out of my mind’ attitude. Keep tabs on all critical issues you know about — and keep checking in until you hear a firm ‘You don’t need to worry about that anymore.’”
4. “It’s not my fault.” Accountability, anyone? Take full control of your own responsibility and actions to fix a problem. What if you’re wrongly blamed for a problem you didn’t create? Maintain your professionalism and tackle it with an approach like, “What can we do to solve this issue?”