Infographic: What managers should never say to employees

If you feel the urge to comment on someone’s weight or appearance, just don’t. Also, steer clear of vague feedback and pleas to ‘leave personal issues at home.’

“Boy, you haven’t skipped any meals lately, have you?”

This is something a boss (or anyone, really) should never say. Unfortunately, we live in a world full of rude, vulgar, insensitive or just plain incompetent people—many of whom have slithered into positions of authority.

Of course, even brilliant bosses make mistakes and say things they shouldn’t.

Headway Capital has a handy infographic full of annoying phrases that should not pass through a manager’s lips, such as these deflating utterances:

“I don’t pay you so I can do your job for you!” Great point, boss.

Instead of saying something obnoxious and unhelpful, the infographic suggests asking employees questions that lead to better problem solving, such as: “What would be your plan in this situation?”

“Leave your personal issues at home.” Oh, OK. Engaging emotionless office drone mode now.

To read the full story, log in.
Become a Ragan Insider member to read this article and all other archived content.
Sign up today

Already a member? Log in here.
Learn more about Ragan Insider.