Don't Tell Your Boss!


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Sometimes holding back on speaking your mind is the best approach at work. Especially if you can't resist the urge to blurt out these 10 iffy things to your boss.

Mark Swartz -'s National Career Coach.

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Don't Tell Your Boss!

  1. 1. Employee & Job-Seeker Tip <br />10 THINGS<br />YOU<br />CAN’T<br />TELL YOUR<br />BOSS<br /> Mark Swartz, <br /> Career Coach<br />
  2. 2. 1<br />.<br />THINGS THAT<br />REVOLT<br />YOUR BOSS<br />
  3. 3. 1.THINGS THAT REVOLT YOUR BOSS<br /><ul><li>You’re calling in sick.Or you’re back from a sick day. Don’t give your boss a play by play of the stuff that came out of your body. Don’t use words like dry heaving. It won’t make your boss more sympathetic, instead they’ll just cringe
  4. 4. You got lucky last night. You’re beaming this morning. Even if you’re asked point blank why you’re in such a good mood you should hold this one back. Otherwise, more cringing will result</li></li></ul><li>2<br />.<br />THINGS THAT <br />WILL PUSH YOUR<br />BOSS AWAY<br />
  5. 5. 2. THINGS THAT WILL PUSH YOUR BOSS AWAY<br /><ul><li>Don’t tell your boss you’re attracted to him or her. Don’t mention that your boss showed up in a sexy dream last night. Don’t compliment his/her nice body. The imbalance of power in a romantic relationship with a boss is not in your favour
  6. 6. You’re in a work meeting with your boss. There’s something very personal weighing on your mind. You were going to wait until your next therapy session to raise it, but it’s messing with your head. Should you bring it up? No.Instead, book an earlier therapy appointment. Call your best friend. Write in your journal. Don’t put this on your boss’s shoulders</li></li></ul><li>3<br />.<br />THINGS THAT <br />MAKE YOU<br />SOUND INDISCREET<br />
  7. 7. 3. THINGS THAT MAKE YOU SOUND INDISCREET<br /><ul><li>You have a wicked story about a boss from your past. You love telling it because your old boss sounds so ridiculous and you come off like a hero. But portraying your former supervisor as a buffoon, or in any derogatory manner, will only make your current boss worry about what you’ll say about them later
  8. 8. We all have a past.We’ve all done things we aren’t proud of but learned from. They might be sure to get a laugh. But they may cost you your professional image. Don’t tell your boss what you snorted in college. Don’t bring up that thing for which you were acquitted. Keep these “growing experiences” to yourself</li></li></ul><li>4<br />.<br />THINGS THAT MAKE<br />YOU SOUND LIKE<br />A WHINER<br />
  9. 9. 4. THINGS THAT MAKE YOU SOUND LIKE <br />A WHINER<br /><ul><li>Your boss calls you into a meeting and delegates a task for you to complete before you leave. It’s almost quitting time and you have plans, so you decide you’ll finish it tomorrow morning. Don’t tell your boss you can’t stick around because you’re heading out to meet your colorist for a root touch up. You need to come up with a more compelling excuse
  10. 10. You’re in a mood. You really don’t feel like working today. Never admit this, or anything that would make you sound like an ungrateful, entitled brat. It could irk your boss into doing something that will remind you how replaceable you are</li></li></ul><li>5<br />.<br />THINGS THAT <br />DESTROY <br />BOUNDARIES<br />
  11. 11. 5. THINGS THAT DESTROY BOUNDARIES<br /><ul><li>Your boss keeps handing you projects with delivery dates you can’t possibly meet unless you stay late and come in on the weekend. Don’t say “yes” all the time. Occasional overtime is normal. But you need to set expectations with your boss, otherwise you could burn out fast
  12. 12. Don’t call your boss an expletive. Don’t tell your boss off. Some things are hard to take back. Hot-headed employees are often deemed a liability. You don’t want to lose your job and burn your bridges. Get anger management if needed. If you really hate your boss, you should start hunting for a new one </li></li></ul><li>more on this topic:<br />10 Things You Can’t Tell Your Boss<br />more career advice:<br /><br />join us on:<br />