It felt a little like deja vu when I read the article on Forbes.com which highlights the 10 worst things that employers and employees can say in the workplace.
I’ve worked with many managers over the years, helping them to navigate the sometimes murky waters of employee management. Most managers really do mean well, but sometimes the proverbial foot unintentionally enters the mouth. My role often entailed helping managers get their feet firmly planted on the ground and to understand the importance of being thoughtful about how they communicate with staff. Just as important was learning to understand the consequences of poor communication on employee morale, productivity and retention when messages aren’t communicated appropriately.
This top ten list highlights those “no-no’s that bosses should be aware of. It includes a few things that employees need to be careful. Your HR rep, employment lawyer and most importantly, your employees will thank you!
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From: The Ten Worst Things That Bosses (and Employees) Can Say
1. You’re fortunate we gave you a job. Few companies would have the patience and time to invest in you. Don’t make your employees feel like burdens. Encourage them to be better, but don’t condemn them for their shortcomings.
2. You look really good for your age. Beyond the legal issues this brings up of ageism, it’s in very bad taste to give such a backhanded compliment.
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