6 phrases that you need to stop saying in front of your employees

employees what not to say

An organization’s success depends on certain factors like productivity, a healthy relationship between the management and the employees, and work culture. We see instances where small communication mistakes ruin the internal work culture and brand image of the company in the long run. If you are holding a respectful position in your company, try to avoid certain phrases in front of your employees. Instead, uplift the morale and boost the confidence of your subordinates with appreciative and kind words to increase the productivity of the organization.

Here are a few phrases to avoid in the workplace:

“You are doing a good job but…”

It’s not at all a great idea to club criticism with an appreciation. If you make such a statement, your employee will hardly derive positivity from the compliment as the appreciation will go in vain due to the criticism. However, constructive criticism is important in order to have a competitive and result oriented workplace. So, instead of saying this, you can make two separate statements. The first one should highlight what your employee is doing successfully and show appreciation. The second one will focus on aspects which need some improvement. Remember, choosing the right words is very important.

“You need you to be like….”

Never compare an employee with someone else. This is often mistaken as favoritism and will create some unnecessary friction and reduce coherency at workplace. Instead of blindly comparing an employee with others, try to evaluate his or her performance in accordance with the company’s vision and goals.

“I don’t want to listen to your problems.”

As an employer or boss, it’s your duty to listen your employee’s problems or issues with an open mind and a sense of good judgment. If you carefully listen to your employee’s problems, the person gets a feeling of belongingness to the place. Even if you cannot help or do not have a solution, this will strengthen the relationship between the employer and employee.

How do you feel about your performance?”

If you ask this question to your employee, you will get a perplexing answer. Your employees may think they’re doing well, but they don’t want to highlight their work. They expect you to appreciate them and recognize their hard work.  Such a statement may confuse them and impact productivity.

On the contrary, some employees may be aware of their mistakes or bad performance, but do not want to point it out themselves. They expect guidance and encouragement.

“I am paying you so listen what I am saying.”

You can’t expect productivity from your employees by misusing your power. If you consider yourself a leader, try to teach, inspire and motivate your employees instead of threatening them. This elevates your stature and can give you outstanding quality of work.

“I was here late last night, where were you?

You may need to stay in the office for a long time, but it does not mean that your employees will have to do the same and follow you. If you are expecting your employees to be on duty 24/7, this will lead to dissatisfaction and low morale. The expectation should be to complete and deliver high-quality work within deadlines and not to uselessly put in long hours.

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