5 Phrases to Avoid at Work

Fundamentally, very few of us are actually dumb. Otherwise, we probably wouldn’t maintain relatively decent jobs and make enough to provide for our families.

Coworkers hear you and, yes, management does as well. If you are a constant criticizer, you’re building a reputation. Your coworkers might outwardly agree, but your coworkers also don’t provide your raises or offer promotions.

What not to say at work

Name-dropping can work, but very often, it hurts more than it helps.

I went to [insert designer school here], so I would know

The longer it takes for you to explain a concept, the less that you probably know about it.

Taking 10 minutes to explain a simple concept

The less that we use them, the more intelligent we tend to sound.

Overusing “You know”, “Umm” and “Like”

Every level of an organization has problems and conflicts.

My boss has no idea what he’s/she’s doing

The folks who understood the problem and took the time to ask questions stood out as those who wanted to do a good job.

I did what I was asked to do

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