Words are extremely powerful, especially within the professional workforce. With leaders and their teams becoming busier and offices relying heavily on teamwork, it is important to keep communication concise, positive and appropriate. The words you use are a reflection of who you are and have the potential to influence any situation or coworker every day; the words you choose reflect the leader you want others to see. Leaders create direction for the entire team and, with encouraging dialogue, the tribe of loyal coworkers will follow suit! Practicing positive words and professional expressions will help you maintain a great work image. By paying attention to how we communicate, the whole dynamic of the work environment can be altered for the better. Here are phrases to consider eliminating from your vocabulary altogether:
“I don’t have time”
No matter what, everyone has 24 hours in their day. Before telling a colleague you don’t have the time to complete a task, attend a meeting or meet for a lunch date, think about how that might affect their perception of you in the future. Instead of shutting down ideas by using the time excuse, explain that there’s a possibility you might not hit the exact deadline, but you will keep them posted. Prioritizing time to certain tasks and leaving some wiggle room for unplanned events is what effective leaders do to eliminate this expression from their vocabulary. Find the time to be supportive of your team, organization and professional network!
“I don’t need any help”
We are all in this together! In the business world where face-paced work environments are driven by teamwork, there is always room for help. Remember the cliché phrase, “There no ‘I’ in team?” Even as a leader, this applies directly to the workforce today. Putting minds together creates better ideas and innovations, so reaching out for help can result in a better outcome. Utilize the resources around you, especially your fellow coworkers!
“It’s not that important”
This phrase implies that whatever task you were assigned doesn’t measure up to other priorities. In reality, every task we complete can making a positive impact on the organization. In addition, this expression is insulting if used in the wrong context or situation. For instance, telling a colleague that a small project isn’t important and being overhead by someone else can result in an office feud! Instead of voicing the fact that you don’t think something is important, try to put in the appropriate place on a to-do list and give constructive feedback for tasks throughout the completion process.
“I can’t”
This is the mother of all negative phrases any leader could use; think about how much you are limiting yourself by simply saying ‘can’t’! It automatically creates a disadvantage because it means you are not willing to give something a try. If a leader can’t believe in themselves, then who will? Removing “I can’t” from your vocabulary is so important in the workforce because every task you work to complete, even the difficult ones, is a learning experience. Replace “I can’t” with “Yes, and!”
Everyone uses negative phrases from time to time! By paying attention to expressions you use and making sure to eliminate toxic ones from your vocabulary, you will be able to lead more efficiently and create a more positive work environment! Have some advice on phrases to eliminate at work? Share below: