#1 - I pay your salary, so you have to do
exactly what I tell you to do
Good bosses lead by example and motivate
their workers. This way, they cultivate
loyalty and drive in their workers.
Commands and orders aren't usually
effective unless the worker is in a very
regimental organisation such as the army.
#2 – You’re very lucky to be getting this
month’s bonus. Other companies'
employees only get turkeys for Christmas
Bosses should reward employees
according to their hard work, instead of
comparing what other companies are
giving their employees
Supervisors should recognise that
employees are the ones producing profits
and should never use such a tone with
#3 – I was here last Friday night and
Saturday morning, where were you?
The employee may be more productive
working from home outside of office hours
Time spent in office may be relevant, but
no supervisor should make an employee
spend too much time in the office
#4 – You should stay because we have
special privileges for women
While women do have benefits such as
child-care leave or maternity leave, men
also have a role to play in raising their
If a company allocates rewards based on
gender, something is not quite right. Good
bosses should never discriminate,
especially in matters like gender
#5 – We got to cut cost
Managers should lead by example e.g.
taking a salary cut together with the rest
of the employees
Managing an organisation's budget is
important, but not cutting into employees'
salaries and bonuses.
#6 – I don’t care about your problems
Listening to an employee for a moment or two
can make lots of difference, especially when the
employee is just feeling frustrated. It also builds
up an employee's loyalty and morale, making
him / her a more productive worker.
One of the deadliest phrases for a
supervisor to say to an employee, this
shows a supervisor's lack of concern for his
#7 – We have always done it this way
That’s something new, let’s see if we can
make it work through future brainstorming
This merely shows an employee that his /
her supervisor is entrenched in a fixed
mindset and is unwilling to compromise.
#8 – This is terrible work
Instead of lambasting a worker straight in
the face, a supervisor should think about
whether expectations have been
communicated clearly to the employee
Supervisors should also ensure that
employees are given sufficient resources,
budget and support to complete the tasks
#9 – You're the worst worker I've ever
Supervisors should never resort to abuse
and mean words to speak to employees.
Instead, bosses should always speak
politely and with civility. Better yet, point
out to the employee what he or she is