Your Boss Said What??

by Joe Lavelle on April 2, 2010

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Have you ever heard the statement that it takes ten positive statements to make up for one negative comment that you make to another person?  Fair or not, we often remember, and take more to heart, the unpleasant things that people say to us.

If you are in a professional position that includes a supervisory role, then you have the opportunity to affect the morale of your staff and play a pivotal role in your daily work environment.

A recent article posted on Yahoo! finance shared seven things a boss should never say to his employees.  The piece was written by Karen Burns, who has her own blog and recently released a book entitled The Amazing Adventures of Working Girl: Real-Life Career Advice You Can Actually Use.  Here are two of the statements she believes you should avoid:

1. “I don’t want to listen to your complaints.” Bosses should want to get feedback from their employees, both positive and negative, because this will build loyalty and perhaps result in a more profitable business for everyone.

2. “We’ve always done it this way.” Why would you not want to hear a great new idea?  You should want your employees to feel connected to the success of the company.  Since they are doing a particular task every day, they may have the best ideas for making it better.

I recommend that you check out all seven of the “boss statements” that you should avoid.  Each one offers a great lesson in building professional relationships.

Every one of us has had a boss at some point.  Do you have an example of something a former boss (don’t want to get you in trouble with your current boss!) said to you or your entire office that was inappropriate or demoralizing?  Let us learn from your experiences.

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