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Updated by Ava Will on Sep 28, 2017
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What should you Never Say at Work?

The professional environment does not restrict you to share your ideas, but there is always a polite manner to share your opinions. There are several things that can be unprofessional under the work ethics.

1. “It’s Not Fair.”

As Bill Gates has said, “Life is not fair.” We all have to take the challenges of life as they come. Everyone has their obstacles to cope with. If you have some issue at your workplace, assemble all the details and facts, then discuss it with everyone or the manager for that matter. Read more to know more about "Life is not fair"!

2. “You Should Have..”

Finding someone’s problem is fine but approaching them saying you should not help you or them in any way. You can try and make your approach more constructive. Rather you can say “It did not work this time, my recommendations will be..” There are chances that these fault-finding words will appear like pointing finger. A positive approach is advisable at such situations as in this way you can never expect growth from the other person.

3. “I May Be Wrong, But..”

If you have an idea, then be confident to share it. Starting your sentences with “I may be wrong” portrays lack of confidence. Before even starting to share your opinion, you are contradicting it yourself by saying I’m not sure if I’m right or wrong. Others are likely to lose their interest or dismiss your idea if you start your recommendation like this. Strictly avoid discouraging yourself like this.

4. “There’s Nothing I Can Do”

There are times at your workplace when you feel there is nothing else you can do about some issue or work. It usually happens when you are exhausted and tried all potential possibilities. You will go really far if you adopt a “can do it” attitude. Avoid or rather do not accept defeat at any point of work. Instead, you can ask for opinions and help to say “I’m a bit stuck here, can you suggest me something with your vision.”

5. “That Makes No Sense”

We all have certain points in life when we get confused. We all are human beings and getting confused is the most natural thing to happen. Instead of directly jumping to the conclusion that the things did not make any sense, you should rather simply say that you tried but could not catch the whole thing accurately. It will not showcase you to be negative, and the speaker will try and simplify things for you in order to help you. You will get another chance to recognize and grasp the information with this approach. Try and use sentences like “I’m not really sure about it, can you suggest this again?” This will work perfectly as nobody likes pessimistic or negative attitude.