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10 Phrases That You Should Never Say At Work

Web Watch knows that to succeed at work, it’s not always who you know – but rather who knows you.

In other words, you may not know the Big Boss in your organization… but you can certainly get ahead if the Big Boss knows who you are.  They’re the ones who will look out for you in the long run, especially if you’re known as someone who can get things done for them.

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We’ve seen friends get promoted up the ladder just for being in the right place at the right time — the person who always answers the phone, who’s always at work before the boss arrives and stays long into the evening after the boss leaves for the day.

They’re the ones who are noticed for positive reasons… just like the worker who wanders in at 9:30 in the morning, takes a 90-minute lunch, and finds time to leave before rush hour is also noticed (although they will be noticed for different reasons, one would hope).

Two pieces of advice Web Watch has received over the years are “always volunteer”, and “if the job requires you to move to a different city, then go ahead and move.”  We’ve seen too many cases of people who have lost their jobs simply because they didn’t want to pack up their house and try something new, and people who were too concerned about being seen as a go-getter that they didn’t volunteer for anything.

So with all the above in mind, FORBES magazine came up with a list of 10 PHRASES THAT YOU SHOULD BAN FROM YOUR VOCABULARY at work, as they could be interpreted as you having a bad attitude at the office.

Besides, you don’t want to be known as THAT person at the office that nobody wants to deal with, do you?

  • That’s not my job
  • I think / I believe / I feel.
  • I don’t know
  • I can’t
  • But
  • That’s not a good idea
  • I’ll try
  • It wasn’t my fault
  • I guess
  • That’s impossible

Take another look at the above list, and you should see a common thread amongst the whole list.

They’re all show-stoppers.  Roadblocks.  Debbie Downer phrases.

So stop and think about what you want to be in order to move ahead and get things done.  Either you are a Do-er or you’re a Don’t-er.

Nobody likes a Don’t-er.