Most of us know about maintaining certain boundaries when communicating at the office, particularly with the boss. However, some innocent or just ignorant folks might not be attuned towards this aspect that exists across every modern workplace. Here, are a few things you are better-off:
1. ‘I want to add you on my Facebook Account’
This is just asking for trouble unless your Facebook account is almost dead. Facebook is one place where you can share everything with your friends, make jokes about the workplace and often, this includes discussing with other colleagues. Asking your boss to join-in means terminating your liberty—it is almost parallel to putting an early end to your social media life.
2. ‘This is how you told me to do it, so it is not my fault!’
This statement presents a high probability of piercing through your boss’ authority. Do you really want to take this kind of heat? No matter how progressive, contemporary workplaces have become, some remain the same. This includes never directly blaming your boss for something that has gong awfully wrong. At the most, you can subtly hint at his mistake in his chamber. However, directly suggesting that he is responsible for things gone wrong is inviting trouble.
3. ‘I want something else, this job is too boring’
Well, this statement makes a lot of sense if you plan to get fired immediately. Unless that is the case or your boss is intellectually-challenged, you never want to create the impression that . If you do so, you are providing the most unarguable grounds for being relieved of your duties. Further, your boss might interpret the situation as your profile/work being too easy. He might take it upon himself to overwork you so much that you never utter such words again.
4. ‘This was not a part of my job description’
Your office might not have been hit by it but overall, the hiring trends are slowing down again. Organizations are increasingly seeking people who can wear multiple hats. This is often translates into employees being asked to do things that they might find pointless or boring. However, the current situation demands that we step up to it and get things done, somehow. Saying something like this means directly refusing to do . Further, it suggests that you are not a team player and are not willing to even try things a bit beyond your realm of duties.
5. ‘You might hate him but I find him rather fascinating’
This is the dumbest thing to say, knowing that it is going to prick the balloon of ego that every boss carries around. Even if you like somebody at the office who is , you don’t need to be so honest about it. Your boss’ skewed perception of the reality might be clearly visible to you but you are still not expected to outrightly express your adoration for someone that the boss despises.