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Silence is Golden: Bite Your Lips off before You Say These Things at Work

Silence is Golden: Bite Your Lips off before You Say These Things at Work

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Published by Dave Saunders
One of the worst afflictions you can have in the office is diarrhea of the mouth. While everyone on a team wants to hear great ideas from a colleague, it just gets uncomfortable when someone makes inappropriate comments, shares too much, or shows just how little regard he has for the team.
One of the worst afflictions you can have in the office is diarrhea of the mouth. While everyone on a team wants to hear great ideas from a colleague, it just gets uncomfortable when someone makes inappropriate comments, shares too much, or shows just how little regard he has for the team.

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Silence is Golden: BiteYour Lips off before YouSay These Things at Work 
One of the worst afflictions you can have in the office is diarrhea of themouth. While everyone on a team wants to hear great ideas from acolleague, it just gets uncomfortable when someone makes inappropriatecomments, shares too much, or shows just how little regard he has for theteam. Top Eight Things to Never Say at Work1.
I’d like to do xxx to him.
Let’s face it. No matter how many attractivepeople there may be in your office, it’s always a bit of a treat to get anew one. The new hottie at work comes with so many immediatebenefits, foremost among them being that they are all mystery and nohistory. I have heard men and women making overtly sexual commentsabout new hires, and even if it’s sort of funny at first, it just gets ickywhen the new hire becomes the guy who picks his teeth at his desk.
 
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My spouse is such a jerk.
Yeah, all spouses have their jerky moments. If you are a spouse, you have probably had
 your 
jerky moments. And aftera fight over the Corn Flakes, it may be tempting to get revenge bytelling all your dirty little secrets to your colleagues. However, you’llprobably make up with your spouse when you go home that sameevening. Your colleagues will be left with the aftertaste of all yourspouse’s shortcomings.3.
I am so hung over.
This may be true. If it’s often true, seek help.However, if you go to the office and share the detritus of your after-hours gluttony, you will be the subject of gossip and conjecture. Andbelieve me – if there’s a major screw-up, it won’t be the real culprit thatgets the hit. Instead, someone will bring up (oh so politically correctlyand with so much concern) your “little problem.”4.
I’m having problems with my bank.
Listen hard.
No one
believes it wasthe bank’s fault. The quickest way to decimate your credibility in theoffice is to share your financial woes. I don’t care if you’ve overspent orfallen prey to an overseas bank scheme – you’ll look like a carelessspendthrift.5.
The boss says so-and-so isn’t pulling his weight on the team
. If the bosstold you this, he was indiscreet, and you have to wonder what he’d sayabout you if given the chance. If it’s true that a particular team memberis slacking off, it’s highly probable that your boss told you this inconfidence. It’s cool for a minute to be the kid with all the inside

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