I was sitting in the lunch room, minding my own business when one of my employees decided to make an entrance. The first thing out of his lips was how anxious he was for the weekend. Granted, this weekend is a three-day event for many (though not for me or my writing staff) so I can appreciate his zealous expression. Unfortunately, I don’t think it career sound to talk to the person signing the paycheck that his mind, heart, and soul are two days from now (and work).
As a result, I began to wonder what other inappropriate things are stated to bosses (or fellow employees within earshot of their boss) without realizing the consequences. With this, I began a quick list and welcome your input beefing it up (think of the children).
Here you go, my “what did you say” list follows:
* I can’t believe the wild night last night, I got so wasted I can hardly function with this splitting head ache (how many times have you made such statements on a Monday? I’ve heard this several times and in several ways)
* I checked salary.com and I think we need to have a chat later this afternoon (as an employer, I hate it when this happens as each company is different—as are employees)
* Just got my period and have the worst PMS
* does anyone have any visine?
* Hope I don’t have to do a drug test today
* (when speaking to a peer at the next cubicle) Hey, check out this job on Monster.com
* Let’s shut down as it’s 15 minutes before quitting time and it takes 15 minutes to get ready to leave
* I was not late… I was sitting in the parking lot for the last ten minutes so I was technically here
No doubt you can think of many more and perhaps “accidently” said too much at times at the workplace. My words of advice: put yourself in your employers shoes… think about what you say BEFORE you say it.
Danny Huffman, MA, CEIP, CPCC, CPRW
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