The boss-employee relationships can be “overly complicated” at times, especially when there are unnecessary excuses instead of meaningful results. Whether you've been in an organization for a month or 5 years, your boss (and everyone else) perceives you from what you say and how you behave under certain situation/responsibilities. One wrong comment or question can change everyone's perspective about you and even sabotage an otherwise great job. That's why it is important that you stay cautious about the words that come out of your mouth, especially when you're interacting with your boss.
The problem is, there are certain sayings and doings that tell people that you're immature, incompetent, uncooperative and unproductive – qualities that no boss expects from his/her employees. Here is the list of ten things that your boss never wants to hear:
Since you're a part of an organization, you are expected to maintain a polite tone. Saying “No” to a role or responsibility is a challenge, especially when it's coming from your boss. But sometimes, it's necessary. Now, if your boss is asking you to do something and you're already working on an important task or project, instead of saying “No”, try something like, “Today will be a challenge. Would you prefer I work on this tomorrow?”
“Sure. I'll try” - many of us think that this is an acceptable response in a workplace, but it's not. A boss expects his/her employees to get things done using the best their ability. Saying “I will try” leaves your boss feeling unsure about your ability to achieve the given deadline.
Yes, you don't have an answer to every question, but you can always make your best guess instead of saying “I don't know”. If your boss actually needs to do the work for you, it certainly doesn't leave a good impression.
This can be a tricky one. It's easy to be overworked in today's thriving industry. Even when you already have too much work in your to-do list, there are chances that your boss or a colleague might offer you an additional assignment. In this case, you have two options – prioritize or delegate. Instead of being blunt and saying “I am busy”, you should request a meeting with your boss and help them manage every expectation appropriately.
The first quality that a boss or a company look for in an employee is a “can-do” attitude. They expect you to show confidence and willingness to take chances. And saying “I can't” is the exact opposite of that.
It's a good quality to accept your mistakes and be apologetic about them. But it will be much better if you could get things right in the next trial. Don't make it a habit to mess up and say “I am sorry”. It's an excuse and no one likes to hear the same excuse again and again.
The most frustrating thing for any boss or project leader is to spend hours explaining to you what they want and still getting things messed up because you made an error in judgment. It's simple if you didn't understand something clearly, ask again. Don't make assumptions or blind guesses.
Of course, there will be times when you might fail to meet a deadline even after considering all possible approaches. In those instances, you must avoid making excuses by saying “I couldn't”. Just do a thorough analysis to determine what went wrong and take necessary actions to get things back on track ASAP.
Giving up is never the answer. If your boss has given you an assignment whose expected result is nearly impossible, then do some due diligence and figure out the best possible solution. Don't be a quitter, be a problem solver.
Office politics and blame games are treacherous. If you're held responsible for a task or project, don't point your finger at others when things don't work out as planned. Don't hesitate from taking responsibility because if you do, eventually your boss is going to blame you.
Do you agree with the points I've listed in this post? Share your views and suggestions in the comments section!
Vartika Kashyap is the Marketing Manager at ProofHub and has been one of the LinkedIn Top Voices in 2018. Her articles are inspired by office situations and work-related events. She likes to write about productivity, team building, work culture, leadership, entrepreneurship among others and contributing to a better workplace is what makes her click. Follow her on Linkedin.
Vartika is the Chief Marketing Officer at ProofHub. She has 6 Years experience in online digital marketing, brand optimization and SEO along with social media marketing and email marketing strategies. Vartika holds an MBA in Finance (Banking) & Marketing from the IBS Hyderabad.