Managing people is often the most challenging duty as a leader. Good managers train and support their employees to be loved, inspired and valued, like the fundamental part of something great. Good managers do not threaten employees who are not ashamed of their interactions without excuses.
Here are ten phrases leaders should never use when speaking to employees.
1.“Don’t waste my time; we’ve already tried that before.”
People add value by sharing ideas and ideas about the processes they see and use every day.
2. “I’m disappointed in you.”
This is an expression that parents often use for their children. You can feel that the staff are treated like children.
3.“Do what I tell you to do. I’m the boss.”
Everyone is an adult at work. If you set other standards for yourself, you can’t expect employees to respect what you need. It is demeaning and rude to use the above phrases when talking to the team.
4.“You don’t need to understand why we’re doing it this way. You need to trust that your leadership will always do the right thing.”
No one wants to feel “sheep”. A person wants to feel that their thoughts matter to others and are part of a larger community that adds value to the organization.
5.You’re lucky to have a job.”
No one can work well in such an environment, which makes them feel like they owe it to their employers.
6.“Why didn’t you do this?”/”Why did you do it that way?”
Rather explain how it should be done and advice. It allows someone to hear the reasoning behind the process or belief or the value behind the decision.
7.“I’m excited to announce XYZ, and I’ve worked hard, long hours to get this prepared for viewing.”
Said in a meeting or public setting, when one of your employees has done the work. Never take credit for an employee’s work, especially in front of the team.
8.“Leave? Didn’t you take a leave?”/“Why do you need to go on leave?”
Making statements like these to your employees can make them feel bad or guilty for taking time off that they’ve earned.
9.“I do not have time.”
A good manager will make time. If your employee approaches you with an issue, question or idea, don’t brush them off.
10.You have got some big shoes to fill.”
This will terrify your new employees. By idolising your previous employee, you may believe you’re motivating new employees, but what you’re doing is putting a lot of pressure on them to “live up to the expectations.”
Things employees need to stop saying at work:
According to our resident Career Coach & Founder Of Hesed Consulting, Vumile Msweli. Everything you say in the workplace counts. Whether it’s sharing an idea during a meeting or helping a coworker with a project, what you say can make a lasting impression.
- I am sorry
- I don’t know
- Speaking about someone who is not present