Professionalism is a learned skill and one you can develop with practice. Until then, practice keeping your mouth shut. While no one has the perfect boss, being a mouthy employee will never garner positive attention. Just in case you were wondering where the line of appropriateness lies, check out the 6 things to never say to your boss and steer clear of them.
Try this: “Nice tie.” “Can I get you some coffee?” “Don’t you just love that Justin Bieber?”
3. Never discuss salary. And never insinuate that your boss isn’t perennially busy. Never assume it, either. Every employee has downtime at the office, but your boss probably does all kinds of work that you never see.
Try this: “Yes, I do think blocking Facebook would be good for productivity.” “Can you give me more work?” “Office Space was an awful movie. Who could possibly be bored to death in a cubicle?!”
4. “Does this look infected to you?”That’s gross. Don’t gross out your boss. Avoid being the “TMI” employee. Every office has one. If you talk about passing gas, your hygiene habits (or lack thereof), or come to work with open wounds and draw attention to them at the water cooler, news flash: It’s you.
Try this: “I’m planning to work through lunch so we can get ahead on this project.” “Allow me to get the door for you.” “I’m really looking forward to Boss Appreciation Day!”