Career Advice

Three Things You Should Never Say to a Coworker

Local Job Stars 14 July, 2021

In the world of business, sometimes you have to be wise by being silent. Being silent includes not partaking in actions to send certain messages to your coworkers. Failure to do so could get you in situations where you feel used and betrayed. These are three things you should never say to your coworkers if you don't want to feel that way:

"I Want to Be the Boss"

Almost no one walks up to a coworker, and flat-out says those exact words. You've probably never done that or even thought about doing it. However, you might slip and tell someone you're going to apply for an open management position, or you may mention to a coworker that you desire to move up. Unfortunately, not everyone will be happy about your ambitions. Some people may try to sabotage you. Others might be competing for the same position and will try to thwart you. It's best to keep your intentions to yourself and the hiring managers.

"I Want Everyone to Like Me"

This is not a sentence you would say either, but it's an idea that may come across if you try to make friends with all your coworkers. In a perfect world, all coworkers would love each other and be friends in real life, too. However, this is business. In business, you come to work to do a job, and the job needs to be done, whether you like each other or not. Don't feel bad if everyone on the job doesn't like you. You have the same probability of being liked or disliked outside of the job, too.

"I'm a People Pleaser"

You should absolutely help your workers when you have downtime, but you don't have to do their jobs for them. You may be telling your coworkers you're a people pleasure if you take on many tasks that aren't yours and agree to make schedule adjustments that don't suit you.

Keep the above-mentioned sentences in mind and ask yourself if you're saying those things to your coworkers through your actions. If so, you may want to try some business-related coaching or counseling to help you fine-tune those behaviors. You might be a much better employee in the end.