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4 expressions to avoid as an employer

When you’re an employer, there is some sentences you should avoid when you’re talking to your employees.

I selected 4 of them, maybe those are not the most used, but I still don’t like them.

You’re late? You’re fired!.. Haha! I was joking.

Seriously? Is this a joke for real? An employee can feel very uncomfortable with this kind of sentence, many emotions could come from it, and not good ones of course.

Many people are afraid to lose their job for so little things like being late, or they forgot to give feedback on something, or their work created a serious issue for a client, etc

So, please, if you’re an employer, I would recommend you to stop using this phrase right now.

You have to buy a staple? It will be retained on your salary of course. Or not! haha.

Jokes about the salary are just bad. Joking about money, even if your company is used to be transparent, is bad.

Salaries are very often subject to tension, and maybe this person is not happy with his·her salary. Maybe he·she want to get a raise soon, but it’s hard to ask you know. So, joking about “I’ll take you more” or “you’ll get less” is not funny at all.

So, please, if you’re an employer, I would recommend you to stop using this phrase right now.

You’re not feeling well here? You can leave if you want…

Not even joking. This is so awful. How can an employer say that to someone. Is this person not valuable for you? Are you really asking him•her to leave?

Actually, this person is not feeling very well (about the work, not personally at home I mean), he·she’s maybe wondering if he•she will leave the company if things can’t get better soon, and, you’re telling him·her that he·she can leave?

Wow, it sounds terrible for him·her, this sounds like “I’m not important”, “he·she does not care about me at all”.

As an employee, you should make feel important everyone.

So, please, if you’re an employer, I would recommend you to stop using this phrase right now.

I hope it’s not my fault!

Hoping that is not your fault, in front of an employee, feels like you’re hoping is someone else’s fault, even if you don’t think that.

Further more, you always have a part of fault: maybe you forgot to mention something, maybe you extrapolate something, maybe the company should have talk about “this” earlier, etc

I rather prefer when it’s MY fault, so I know more easily how to improve myself.

So, please, if you’re an employer, I would recommend you to stop using this phrase right now.

Share your own bad phrases you heard, I’ll had them here.

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