Common phrases you should stop saying in the office
“That’s not my job,” “I’ll try,” “I’m too busy.”
Do these phrases sound familiar? If you find yourself saying these words to your boss or a co-worker, it may be time stop.
These simple, but common words could be hindering you at work, according to Ilya Pozen, CEO of Open Me, and columnist for Inc., Forbes and LinkedIn.
If you’re given a task that you're not used to and you respond by saying “that’s not my job,” this might anger your co-workers, and could even cost you your job.
“While a task may not fit directly within your original job description, it’s for the greater good of the company that you lend a hand wherever and whenever possible,” Pozen says.
If you’re swamped with work but your boss gives you another assignment, do not respond with “I’m too busy,” which will just make you look weak. Pozen recommends replacing this phrase with something along the lines of “Once I tackle this task, I’ll be happy to take a look at that.”
Pozen also offers advice about words to avoid at an interview and to leave off your resume. Avoid saying “I think…” at an interview, which will show self-doubt, and replace it with something like “in my experience.”