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1212things
Successful People Never Say
to Their Manager
What’s in it for me?
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“When your boss asks you to give a hand to another
department you might wonde...
Oh that?
Just a tiny mistake
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“There’s nothing more annoying that someone who
commits an error and ...
What’s your problem?
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“That does sound rude and a total lack of respect. If
your manager appears co...
That’s not part
of my job scope
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“Today’s world requires team and individuals
to be agile and that ...
By the way:
I’ve just booked
my ticket
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“Never book your holidays before talking
about it to your b...
If I were in your
position
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“Unless you boss expressly asked for your
opinion, keep your advices fo...
I don’t know
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“It’s fine to admit it when we don’t have the
answer but you can still do your best t...
No
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“Even if sometimes necessary, saying “no” can make
you look uncooperative or even rude! Instead...
Really? That’s not
what I heard!
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“Stay away from the office gossips and don’t place
them in your c...
When was that
due again?
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“You forgot to hand in a project in time, fine. But it’s a
rule of thumb ...
You’re wrong
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“Pointing your boss’ mistakes is a great way to be
excluded from future meetings and ...
Sorry, but…
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“Way too easy! If you’ve made an actual
mistake, saying “sorry, but…” will make you
so...
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12 Things Successful People Never Say to Their Manager

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12 Things Successful People Never Say to Their Manager

  1. 1. www.employeeconnect.com 1212things Successful People Never Say to Their Manager
  2. 2. What’s in it for me? www.employeeconnect.com “When your boss asks you to give a hand to another department you might wonder where the benefit lies for you. After all, does that not mean that you will have less time to spend or your own work and will have to put in more hours? Sure, but that will also show that you don’t have a good team spirit. 1
  3. 3. Oh that? Just a tiny mistake www.employeeconnect.com “There’s nothing more annoying that someone who commits an error and doesn’t attach any importance to it. Considering that you’ve just made a small mistake means you don’t take your job seriously. 2
  4. 4. What’s your problem? www.employeeconnect.com “That does sound rude and a total lack of respect. If your manager appears concerned, try to understand what’s worrying him and say something like: “I’d like to understand what’s been concerning you”. 3
  5. 5. That’s not part of my job scope www.employeeconnect.com “Today’s world requires team and individuals to be agile and that means your job description is not set in stone. The more you will cumulate skills and get to work on other projects, the more valuable you will be perceived by your management. 4
  6. 6. By the way: I’ve just booked my ticket www.employeeconnect.com “Never book your holidays before talking about it to your boss. You may have to work on an important project during this time or other colleagues may have already submitted their leave request. Always talk about it first to avoid yourself a costly mistake and your boss could be upset because of it. 5
  7. 7. If I were in your position www.employeeconnect.com “Unless you boss expressly asked for your opinion, keep your advices for yourself. You’re not in his position and you’d certainly not like to be. 6
  8. 8. I don’t know www.employeeconnect.com “It’s fine to admit it when we don’t have the answer but you can still do your best to try to find the best solution. Be aware that whenever you boss needs to do your work, you’re not heading in the right direction. 7
  9. 9. No www.employeeconnect.com “Even if sometimes necessary, saying “no” can make you look uncooperative or even rude! Instead of a straight “no” try to express why you can’t do something properly by saying that it will be complicated and give the reasons why. If you have to juggle between competing priorities. Re-align your projects and deadlines directly with your manager. 8
  10. 10. Really? That’s not what I heard! www.employeeconnect.com “Stay away from the office gossips and don’t place them in your conversations with your boss. That could turn out sour for you. If you’re unsure of something, it’s better to simply wait rather than look unprofessional. 9
  11. 11. When was that due again? www.employeeconnect.com “You forgot to hand in a project in time, fine. But it’s a rule of thumb that you should be organised and rigorous. Instead of showing that you have forgotten the due date, suggest that the work load was more important than expected and that you will wrap it up asap. 10
  12. 12. You’re wrong www.employeeconnect.com “Pointing your boss’ mistakes is a great way to be excluded from future meetings and be ignored when you have something to say. Be more sensible by starting with “I have the feeling…” or “I have the impression that…”. This allow your manager to correct the misunderstanding if it exists. 11
  13. 13. Sorry, but… www.employeeconnect.com “Way too easy! If you’ve made an actual mistake, saying “sorry, but…” will make you sound insincere. A franc: “I’m sorry, I’ll do better next time”, is much better. 12
  14. 14. About EmployeeConnect HR Software www.employeeconnect.com Setting the standard for workflow driven HR Software, EmployeeConnect gives you the solutions & tools to connect & transform your workforce beyond the traditional boundaries of HR, with complete flexibility & control.
  15. 15. Want More Like These? www.employeeconnect.com Read the full article on our blog.

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