Here Are Seven Things Your Boss Should Never Say To You
#1.) "I pay your salary. You have to do what I say."
Comes off a little threatening, doesn't it? Yeah, that's not going to fly.
#2.) "I don't want to hear your complaints."
Actually, as the boss, it's part of your job to hear your employees' complaints. It may be painful, but it comes with the territory.
#3.) "I was here on Saturday afternoon. Where were you?"
This is a not-so-subtle way of pressuring your employees to work all the time. Eventually, it'll cause them to burn out, hate you, and quit.
#4.) "Isn't your performance review coming up soon?"
If the goal is to motivate your workers, there's no better way to make sure it DOESN'T happen than with a passive-aggressive comment like that.
#5.) "We've always done it this way."
I know you're the "genius" who runs the place, but there's a chance your employees . . . you know, the people who do all the ACTUAL work . . .have a few good ideas about how to do their jobs.
#6.) "We need to cut costs."
All your employees will hear is that there's a chance they'll be unemployed soon. You see how that could be a little demoralizing?
#7.) "You need to step it up."
If you have a critique or a suggestion, you need to be specific. If you're too vague, it's confusing, it creates tension, and it's not all that helpful.