Feeling misunderstood? 5 things you say your boss could misinterpret

5 things you say your boss could misinterpret

If there’s something you should be careful about it’s what you say to your boss or in the presence of your boss. Words could easily be misinterpreted especially in terms of employer-employee relationships. This is mostly because employers have a habit reading meaning into every word and every action. They feel like your words are the passage way to your thoughts; which isn’t far from the truth at all. This is why you should be really cautious what you say and how you say it.

The consequences of your words may not be outright termination but could be as bad as being blacklisted or mistrusted. It could also deny you the opportunity for promotion. Find better ways to express yourself. Be diplomatic in your speech and most especially in your response.

I don’t think this is the way to go

You basically just said you don’t think your boss is capable of making the right decision. You didn’t mean to? Well, that’s probably how your boss will understand it. Even when you don’t agree with something, try a subtler more diplomatic approach. You could say “may I suggest a different approach sir”. That sounds much better.

I don’t know

Newsflash; you’re being paid to know. This is why you must always be on top of your game. Stay abreast of every situation. Read the news (especially stuff related to your work). Think up all kinds of questions your boos might need an answer to and have answers ready. In the event that you don’t really know, try saying “give me a minute to find out”. Saying you don’t know makes you sound inefficient.

I finished my work for today, may I go early?

In case you didn’t know, bosses are like moms in this regard. They’ll never admit that your work is done. A boss always has a top-of-his-head list of things to do so when you approach him with stuff like that it seems like you just want to slack off. This could easily be misinterpreted as laziness. If you finished today’s work early, get a head start on tomorrow’s work. If you really need to leave work early for whatever else, come up with a more plausible  excuse. You may even make a deal out of it “May I go early today, I’ll put in an extra hour tomorrow’”. This is more likely to get you the much needed time.

It’s not my fault

This is not usually a problem until it becomes your mantra. If you’re known to be a finger-pointer, a statement like this could be misinterpreted as you exempting yourself from blame especially when it’s a team involved. Don’t be too quick to apportion blame to others. It makes you seem irresponsible. If it’s not your fault then whose is it? Who would you throw under the bus? To show team spirit, it’d be better to say “We were met with unforeseen circumstances; we’ll do better next time”.

How do I…

Asking your boss for solution beats the purpose of having employed you. You’re paid to figure out the how, why and when that will be most beneficial to the company. Coming to your boss with the ‘how’ question, simply makes you look inefficient. If you have difficulties, try a superior first. Only go to your boss when he is the last alternative. Don’t ask your boss a question Google could answer.

Don’t think this ends at work. It extends as far as your social media pages. Refrain from making comments about your job and/or your boss on social media. Ensure that your posts won’t reflect on your job in a bad light.


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