8 things bosses shouldn’t tell employees

The people who work for you weigh everything you say; choose your words carefully.

Gee, boss, you’ve been working so hard. It warms my heart to know you’re finally scheduling that tropical getaway.

Honestly, is that what you were expecting to hear when you told your employees, “I can’t wait to go to Cancun next week”?

No, right? So that’s why your vacation boast made the list of eight things you shouldn’t tell employees, according to BNET.com, CBS’ interactive business network.

“Your employees constantly watch you,” BNET warns. “Say the wrong thing, no matter how unintentionally, and at the very least you send the wrong message. Sometimes what you say can even destroy employee morale.”

The notion of being constantly watched may be equally demoralizing to bosses, but hey, you’re the one who accepted that promotion. Here are the things a good leader should never say to employees:

1. I’m in charge, so this is what we’re going to do.

2. I have a great opportunity for you. (No, you don’t; you just want the employee to agree to take on additional work or the project no one wants.)

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