5 Things You Should Never Tell Your Boss
Getting comfortable at your job is generally always a good thing. Usually this is a result of of liking what you do and liking who you work with. When you feel too comfortable, sometimes you bring down your level of professionalism for the sake of being more relatable and exposing your strengths and weaknesses. This can be detrimental in more ways than one, but the worst of these is losing the confidence in those around you including your boss.
Below are the 5 things you should never tell your boss.
1. "I'm not creative."
Saying that you're not creative is basically the same as saying you aren't able or willing to come up with a unique idea which is the last thing you want your employer to think about you. You were hired because your employer thought you would bring something unique and creative to the position you are in. The good thing is, there is this wonderful invention called Google! It's easy to see what others are doing in your industry that are innovative and adding research to your reasoning for wanting to do a particular project is more impressive than you might think.
2. "I can't work with that person"
Being unable to work with someone on your team gives the impression that you are either difficult to work with or that you're unwilling to be professional when you need to be. It also limits your ability for promotional opportunities. If there is a serious concern about a colleague that would prevent you from wanting to interact, you should bring up those work performance issues and not personal ones.
3. "I don't plan on being here much longer anyway"
That may be true, but why would you ever say that to someone who signs your paycheck. Employers know that you aren't going to stay around forever and it's expected. But if you are open and honest from the beginning about your timeline and goals, your employer can and often times will help you get where you want to go.
4. "I'm uncomfortable doing that"
If you're given a directive like presenting at a meeting or having an uncomfortable conversation with someone, the last thing you want to do is give the impression that you are not capable of pushing yourself. Being uncomfortable and pushing through those emotions helps you grow and shows that you're committed to the mission of the business rather than committed to making everyone like you at the expense of productivity. If you're having anxiety, just ask "How would you approach this situation." It's an easy way to get some guidance without coming across as incompetent
5. "I'm not the "ideas" person"
If you're not the "ideas" person, your employer may be thinking "Why are you here then?". You should constantly be thinking of ways to improve in your own position but also how to improve other areas outside of your position. So many times I hear people complain about things that frustrate them in the office and how they would do things differently. Being an "ideas" person is your opportunity to create change you want to see.
At the end of the day, it's all about maintaining your professional integrity and always putting competence on display. You never know who people you work with know outside of your current job. Don't sabotage your ability to be successful!