While there are some obvious things you should avoid saying while at work, there are a few less-apparent terms and phrases that could hinder you from excelling in the workplace or advancing your business.
What are they? Read on to find out. You might be surprised!
But really. Stop apologizing so much. Chances are you don't need to be doing it in the first place! Apologizing too much removes credibility when it comes time to actually own up to something and say you're sorry for a mistake. There are a variety of alternatives to saying "sorry" in a variety of situations, so pause before you feel the urge next time.
Sure, you might "just" want to follow up with someone or would "just" like to make a point, but using this filler word inadvertently takes away your power and diminishes the importance of what you're actually seeking. Almost any sentence doesn't need the word "just." Seems weird, but think about it. Ditch it! You're worthy of other people's time, so avoid this word that often suggests otherwise.
"This might be a dumb question/idea, but ..."
Don't sell yourself short! Imposter Syndrome is definitely real, but don't let it get the best of you. Your ideas are valid, and you never know when sharing a thought could snowball into something massively rewarding. It's scary to put yourself out there sometimes but it's vital to believe in yourself. And to go for it!
"That's not my job."
Even if something isn't in your job description, being a team player always pays off. Before jumping the gun and saying something isn't your job right off the bat, assess your workload and determine where and how you could help someone out if they ask. Every organization gets slammed sometimes. Not only does helping out improve the overall efficiency of your organization, but you could count on some good karma coming your way, too.
"I assumed that ..."
Overcommunication is better than not communicating enough. As much as we wish we could be, we're not mindreaders. That's why it's important to take the time and steps necessary to ensure everyone is on the same page. You don't want to run into a wall (literally or figuratively) later. If you're able to confirm something with another member of your team, don't be shy—ask them what's up!
Written by Sarah Suydam, Staff Writer for Serendipity Media, LLC.