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Avoid Saying These 5 Things If You Want To Keep Your Job

Posted by | June 23, 2015 | Scholarships_CareerTips

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By Selipha Kihagi

Many a times we say stuff we don’t mean to or mean to say one thing but end up saying another. While this can go unnoticed in a casual environment, the workplace is more judgmental and can  easily ruin one’s career.

So, if there was a promotion you were well suited for but your junior got it, stop blaming your employer. You may have said either of these 5 things at the office.

What Not To Say in The Workplace

1. That is not my job
Your co-worker has probably asked you to help out on a task or you’ve been requested to handle an issue that is not in your job description. While it is okay to say no, it will be unprofessional of you to reply in this manner. Be polite, for example, you can say you’d like to help but you’re working on a particular task – be specific.

2. I can’t do anything about that
This is an attitude that is not acceptable in any workplace. Employers want to work with optimistic minds, people who will go extra lengths to complete difficult tasks and saying this portrays you as being negative. You can say good bye to that promotion.

3. I’m not sure…but I think
This statement may be true, but your team members and boss need to work with someone who knows what they are talking about. If you are not sure about something, table it like a matter of discussion. Say it like you know for sure – even when you don’t. That way, no one will be quick to mistrust an idea.

4. I don’t have time for that
Well, if you never have time to perform an extra task that is important to the organisation and you are arrogant enough so say it, chances are you’re already in the next lay-off list. Also, none of your
co-worker will have good things to say about you.

5. In this company, it is done like this Anyone who says this has clearly shut their mind to creativity and innovation. You want to follow the old ways of doing things even when there is a new and more effective way of doing the same thing. Employers want people who challenge conventional ways –  even if they don’t say it

Do not miss out on a promotion because you were too quick to speak, always think about what you intend to say.