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Nine Things Never to Say to Your Boss
Monster.com ^ | Sept 28, 2013 | Megan Malugani, Charles Purdy

Posted on 09/28/2013 11:39:10 AM PDT by Innovative

2. “That just isn’t possible.”

Always speak to your boss in terms of what can be done. For instance, rather than saying “We can’t get this done by Friday,” say “We could definitely get this done by Monday, or if we brought in some freelance help, we could meet the Friday deadline.” When you talk to your boss, think in terms of solving problems for her, not in terms of putting problems on her plate.

6. “It’s not my fault.”

Are you a whiny 8-year-old or a take-charge professional? Assume responsibility and take steps to fix a problem that you did, in fact, create. And if you are being wrongly blamed for a problem, saying “Let’s get to the bottom of this” or “What can we do to make it right?” is much more effective than saying “It’s not my fault.”

7. "I don't know.”

If your boss asks you a question you can’t answer, the correct response is not "I don't know." It's "I'll find out right away."

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TOPICS: Business/Economy; Society
KEYWORDS: advice; discrimination; feminism; office; relationships; savethemales; sexism; top10; work; workplace
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It's obvious, when you read it, but people still forget using the advice, which, in my opinion is correct.
1 posted on 09/28/2013 11:39:10 AM PDT by Innovative
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To: Innovative
solving problems for her

Her?

Are we working in a florist shop?

2 posted on 09/28/2013 11:45:58 AM PDT by humblegunner
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To: Innovative

Most of these are obviously not guidelines for government workers.


3 posted on 09/28/2013 11:47:14 AM PDT by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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To: Innovative

But, Mr. Clinton - I’ve never done anything like that before.


4 posted on 09/28/2013 11:48:02 AM PDT by Hardastarboard (Buck Off, Bronco Bama)
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To: Innovative

“Actually I believe that was a double and not just a bogey, Mr. President.”


5 posted on 09/28/2013 11:48:20 AM PDT by NittanyLion
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To: Innovative

10. “Hang on... I’m about to beat level 67 of Candy Crush.”


6 posted on 09/28/2013 11:49:06 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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To: Lancey Howard
11. Quit bothering me! Can't you see I'm trying to sleep?
7 posted on 09/28/2013 11:51:22 AM PDT by JPG (Putin Does Obama.)
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To: Innovative

“But don’t you think we should at least discuss options for rescuing the ambassador, Madam Secretary?”


8 posted on 09/28/2013 11:52:12 AM PDT by NittanyLion
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To: Innovative

“Boss, you’re an idiot for not voting for Obama.”


9 posted on 09/28/2013 11:52:20 AM PDT by MuttTheHoople (Nothing is more savage and brutal than justifiably angry Americans. Don┬ĺt believe me? Ask the Germa)
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To: Innovative
It's obvious someone prefers politicians to Engineers. Not that I have a high opinion of Engineers to begin with, having been forced to work with them before becoming one, but most of us learn fairly quickly that while Engineers have almost no sense of social grace or currently-accepted grooming standards (not to mention political maneuvering) at least they will not grinningly pump your hand while assuring you that yes, you can purchase the moon in a special Jalepeno-flavoured version if that is what is required, as any Salesman or politician would of course do. While lecturing you that you have to purchase it before you can read about what exactly is in the law -I mean; "package".

Engineers (and some Techs and Assemblers) may be awkwardly and socially inept for the most part, but if something can not be done they will tell you straight off and not try to blow smoke out their bum and confuse you.

10 posted on 09/28/2013 11:52:36 AM PDT by Utilizer (Bacon A'kbar! - In world today are only peaceful people, and the mooslimbs trying to kill them-)
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To: Innovative

“Hey, your wife is pretty hot. Does she ‘date’ much?”


11 posted on 09/28/2013 11:53:29 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: Innovative

I don’t know, I once worked a short time for a company owned by a Canadian, no offense to honest Canadians, and he was a lying, cheating, thief. He distributed checks to us that bounced, this was after cheating employees before I got there of a payroll. When I confronted him he said the money was deposited the night before, the problem I told him was that the bank told us no deposit had been made. I got laid off two days later but it was totally worth it. A former coworker told me the company was raided by armed Feds ten days later.


12 posted on 09/28/2013 11:54:54 AM PDT by Mastador1 (I'll take a bad dog over a good politician any day!)
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To: USMCPOP

Most of these are obviously not guidelines for government workers.....Yes, they are. “I did exactly what you told me to. I have the email here (or my orders were to..). Scares the crap out of them.


13 posted on 09/28/2013 11:58:50 AM PDT by Safetgiver ( Islam makes barbarism look genteel.)
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To: Hardastarboard

ROFLMAO


14 posted on 09/28/2013 11:59:47 AM PDT by Professional Engineer (I am not cynical. /s)
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To: Innovative

“I’ve found some troubling discrepancies on Moveon.org’s tax exempt application, Ms. Lerner.”


15 posted on 09/28/2013 12:00:21 PM PDT by NittanyLion
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To: Innovative

Number 9 is a riot. I wonder if anyone has ever actually attempted that.


16 posted on 09/28/2013 12:02:04 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: humblegunner

I thought gay men were the bosses in floral shops.


17 posted on 09/28/2013 12:04:40 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: Innovative

If you have to pick up these pointers from monster, you might already be in trouble because you should be able to think these up by yourself. Trying to “set your boss up” with a date (#9), for example, is the stupidest GD thing I’ve ever heard of, and how that could seem like a good idea to someone in the first place boggles my mind.


18 posted on 09/28/2013 12:07:39 PM PDT by Cyber Liberty (It's hard to accept the truth when the lies were exactly what you wanted to hear.)
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To: 9YearLurker

Could be, I don’t know.

It’s been a couple decades.


19 posted on 09/28/2013 12:08:06 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: Innovative

“Make it snappy, fatso...I’m in a hurry!” Actually that is something one shouldn’t say to a traffic cop, but is seams to work in this context as well.


20 posted on 09/28/2013 12:12:26 PM PDT by gorush (History repeats itself because human nature is static)
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To: Innovative

“I’m on top of it Rose.”


21 posted on 09/28/2013 12:18:31 PM PDT by lastchance ("Nisi credideritis, non intelligetis" St. Augustine)
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To: humblegunner

I’ll assume that’s a couple of decades since you were familiar with flower shops, rather than since you were a gay man.


22 posted on 09/28/2013 12:19:06 PM PDT by 9YearLurker
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To: Innovative

10. “Your wife left her panties at my place last night.”


23 posted on 09/28/2013 12:21:52 PM PDT by dfwgator
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To: Innovative

“Don’t worry...the auditors will never find out.”


24 posted on 09/28/2013 12:24:59 PM PDT by GreenHornet
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Don’t worry, Bill. We reclassified all the bugs as features and Sales tells us we can sell a gazillion copies before New Years Eve.


25 posted on 09/28/2013 12:27:54 PM PDT by Utilizer (Bacon A'kbar! - In world today are only peaceful people, and the mooslimbs trying to kill them-)
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To: Innovative

The list assumes bosses have a brain. The vast majority of “managers” haven’t a clue what needs to be done, just that someone told them to do it.


26 posted on 09/28/2013 12:28:00 PM PDT by CodeToad (Liberals are bloodsucking ticks. We need to light the matchstick to burn them off. -786 +969)
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To: 9YearLurker

Good assumption, spot on.


27 posted on 09/28/2013 12:29:29 PM PDT by humblegunner
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To: Innovative

Mine was,,, “You make all the money , you tell me what happened to your file”
She wasnt happy ...


28 posted on 09/28/2013 12:29:30 PM PDT by ▀udda▀udd (>> F U B O << "What the hell kind of country is this if I can only hate a man if he's white?")
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To: Innovative
If your boss asks you a question you can’t answer, the correct response is not "I don't know." It's "I'll find out right away."

Not if he's asking something you know you won't be able to answer. In that case, explain why the question is unanswerable. Besides, unless you want to be known as a kiss-up don't ever say "right away" to a boss, just say what you intend to do and the timeframe you intend to do it in.

29 posted on 09/28/2013 12:31:28 PM PDT by eclecticEel (Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: 7/4/1776 - 3/21/2010)
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No.11

"What?....sorry, I can't hear you...keep your shirt on for five minutes.... my bookie is giving me info on this cellphone...yeah,yeah, I'll be right with you and your stupid meeting with the CEO...can't it wait?"

30 posted on 09/28/2013 12:36:06 PM PDT by driftless2
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To: Innovative

There are times when “I don’t know” is the most succinct and correct answer. Some bosses would prefer a sycophantic lie in those cases, but it is not necessary to do so in order to have a successful career.


31 posted on 09/28/2013 12:40:08 PM PDT by TennesseeProfessor
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we've always done it this way

typically what management says to the employee that brings out a different better way to do something

32 posted on 09/28/2013 12:55:51 PM PDT by Domandred (Fdisk, format, and reinstall the entire .gov system.)
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To: Domandred

You got that right. So frustrating.


33 posted on 09/28/2013 1:14:54 PM PDT by crazycatlady
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To: Innovative

“That’s not my job”

That one used to send me into a rage.


34 posted on 09/28/2013 1:18:28 PM PDT by esoxmagnum (The rats have been trained to pull the D voting lever to get their little food pellet)
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To: Innovative

“Take this job and shove it.”
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPrSVkTRb24


35 posted on 09/28/2013 1:20:02 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: USMCPOP

You can say that again.


36 posted on 09/28/2013 1:20:23 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both.)
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To: TennesseeProfessor

I so agree. Back in the 90s I had a job that was really quite miserable, though of course you can learn from those too.
One of the supervisors said that what she liked about me is that when she asked me to do something, I would tell her yes, no or maybe. ( This place was extremely strict about overtime, and sometimes there just wasn’t time for wish fulfillment. ) But when I said yes, she knew that she could rest easy knowing it was done. The other guy who worked the same position, on the other hand, would always say yes, and she might discover days or weeks later that whatever it was wasnt done because he just told her what she wanted to hear.


37 posted on 09/28/2013 1:24:52 PM PDT by crazycatlady
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To: Innovative; a fool in paradise

Homer Simpson’s Three Important Sentences:

Cover for me.
Ooh, good idea, boss!
It was like that when I got here!


38 posted on 09/28/2013 1:27:55 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: Innovative

The author assumes the boss is more than a half-wit. I would not make that assumption.


39 posted on 09/28/2013 1:28:29 PM PDT by matt1234 (The NRA: Redefining "Too big to fail.")
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I see that a lot of you are making a joke out of this, but in general I think it’s pretty good advice. You have to remember that it’s probably for a fresh-out-college or high school audience. #9 is pretty weird, but in workplaces where people are mostly the same age group and a lot are single, some will have boundaries issues. Remember that bosses are always griping that the young workers don’t grasp a lot the fundamentals like showing up on time. Yet when push comes to shove, they still hire the young ones, a lot of times probably because they’re more tech savvy.

I would add a disclaimer that this advice only works if the boss is not a drug addict, alcoholic or has ADHD or some kind of mental illness or personality disorder. Even a boss who is terribly distracted by something like pregnancy or an extramarital affair may be very difficult and it isn’t your fault. If the boss or supervisor is a serious substance abuser, you may as well start putting out your résumé elsewhere, because the business may go under before long anyway.


40 posted on 09/28/2013 1:42:14 PM PDT by crazycatlady
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To: TennesseeProfessor

It’s sometimes the best answer for co-workers too. Some people Ive worked with would rather make something up than admit they dont know. Not helpful.


41 posted on 09/28/2013 1:46:39 PM PDT by crazycatlady
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To: Innovative

Never say anything unless you’re sure everyone feels exactly the same way you do.


42 posted on 09/28/2013 1:53:17 PM PDT by Revolting cat! (Bad things are wrong! Ice cream is delicious!)
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To: CodeToad

“Boss” can mean a lot of things. It might mean the owner of a small business, a manager, supervisor or even lead worker or foreman. Not all of these people will have the same priorities or agendas. But if you work at a place that has a strict chain of command, DO NOT inadvertantly go over somebody’s head or you will never live it down. In some casual small businesses , you can ask whoever is handy the answer to a question or problem and its OK. In others, this is one of the worst sins you can commit if you haven’t followed the chain of command.


43 posted on 09/28/2013 1:56:12 PM PDT by crazycatlady
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To: Innovative

Did you lose your brain when you lost your hair?


44 posted on 09/28/2013 1:57:14 PM PDT by blueunicorn6 ("A crack shot and a good dancer")
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To: Revolting cat!

Exactly?


45 posted on 09/28/2013 2:00:56 PM PDT by crazycatlady
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To: Innovative

I have to bite my tongue to keep from telling my boss, “You’re nuts, and a liar to boot”.


46 posted on 09/28/2013 2:08:27 PM PDT by trebb (Where in the the hell has my country gone?)
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To: esoxmagnum

>> “That’s not my job”
>
> That one used to send me into a rage.

And yet there are things you’ve been hired to do: for example, you wouldn’t hire me in a Computer Science job and then have me routinely do landscaping tasks... precisely because CS jobs pay more than the landscaping. But it can be flipped around, too: say that you’d had me doing landscaping for your company and then found out I have a CS degree, and came to me for system-admin tasks when problems popped up, you’d be shortchanging me because the system-admin job pays more than the landscaping.


47 posted on 09/28/2013 2:08:58 PM PDT by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: Innovative

154) It’s Bush’s fault


48 posted on 09/28/2013 2:48:53 PM PDT by Organic Panic
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To: JPG

12. But there’s this idiot advocating a really stupid position on Free Republic that I need to counter right now.


49 posted on 09/28/2013 3:46:09 PM PDT by DannyTN
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To: JPG

12. But there’s this idiot advocating a really stupid position on Free Republic that I need to counter right now.


50 posted on 09/28/2013 3:46:09 PM PDT by DannyTN
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