The Top 5: Phrases to Eliminate from Your Work Vocabulary
Tips from the trenches to keep your copier career on track
Time to Update Your Work Vocabulary
Do you ever feel like your professionalism is in question? Like you don’t get the respect you deserve from your colleagues, even though you see yourself as a hardworking and responsible member of the team? Maybe the language you use is bringing you down. If you notice yourself using the following phrases, stop immediately. They aren’t doing you any favors.
- “Sorry I’m late.” Everybody runs behind schedule once in awhile. But if you’re constantly apologizing for being late, you have a time management problem. Stop being sorry, start being on time.
- “That’s not in my job description.” No matter what your role is on paper, your job is to help your colleagues and your clients succeed. Refusing to help out where you’re needed makes you appear selfish, lazy, and insecure.
- “That’s above my pay grade.” Similar to number two, with overtones of “I’m just following orders” and “I’m passing the buck.”
- “That’s the way we’ve always done it.” Thanks for the insight, grandpa. Now, how about hopping on the innovation train? There is always room for improvement, and your coworkers are well aware that “That’s the way we’ve always done it” is code for “I don’t want to try something new.”
- “That’s not my problem.” When you’re a part of a team, everybody’s problems are your problems. That’s what teamwork is. Take responsibility. Take initiative. Remember – we all do better when we all do better.