By now, most of us know all the things we should be saying and doing at work in order to increase our chances of success. However, it can be just as important to ensure you are aware of the things that you shouldn’t be saying as well. Below is a list of things that you should never say to your boss according to leaders from the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC).
1) “I’m only here for the money”
It’s not hugely unusual for a candidate to go for a job purely for the money but it is very off-putting to any recruiter. Not only will they fear that you will jump ship as soon as a higher paying role comes up, it’s almost guaranteed that a money-hungry employee isn’t going to be as motivated as an employee who has a real passion for their job. It’s a fact that we all work to earn money but try to avoid going for roles that you really have no interest in. In the long run, it will not make you happy and chances are you will end up resigning anyway so you could end up out of pocket until something else comes along.
2) “I only want to do the easy jobs”
When looking for a new member of staff, any recruiter is going to be on the hunt for someone who is hard-working, enthusiastic, willing to learn and happy to accept challenges. Whether it’s at an interview or once you’re settled in your new role, never, ever express that you only want responsibility for the easy, menial tasks rather than those that will require some thought and hard work. Doing so is the best possible way to show your boss that you don’t care about improving your skills or progressing through the company.
3) “I don’t like my job”
One of the worst things you can do in the workplace whether it’s to your boss or to other colleagues, is complain about your job. If you hate it, quit and if there’s something you don’t like about, find a way to fix it. Also, if someone or something is annoying you, don’t project your anger onto others – especially not your boss.
4) “I promise to do that”
Don’t tell your boss that you can do something if you know full well that you won’t be able to deliver. It’s much better to be honest, ask for advice and set realistic timelines so you can do a proper job. Making promises that you can’t keep has negative repercussions on the business and will undoubtedly affect your manager’s opinion of you and your capabilities.
5) “It’s not my job”
With pretty much every job you will ever have, your responsibilities won’t be limited to what was listed in your original job description. By taking on extra duties you not only improve your skillset and employability, but any recruiter is going to be impressed with your willingness to help and take on extra responsibilities.