12 Things You Should Never Ever Ever Say At Work

We’re not born knowing how to be professional. It can be an adjustment, and you have to get used to it. The way you behave and the way that you speak all count towards your professionalism. Here are some things you should never say at work if you’re a true professional.

Don’t Curse

Curse words are definitely not safe for work. I’m not going to list all of them, but you already know those words that are inappropriate for the office. Don’t say them, don’t get in trouble.

We’ve Always Done It Like…

If someone asks you to do something that you aren’t accustomed to doing, don’t say this. Instead, if you need help, ask. Additionally, if you feel that what the person is asking you to do is not the best way to go about it, show them the way that you think is best without appearing stubborn.

Saying Yes When You Don’t Mean It

Don’t say ‘yes’ just to get somebody off your back. Saying ‘yes’ and then not delivering on what you have agreed to can lead to you losing your credibility at work. It doesn’t create a good impression of you, and it is definitely unprofessional. If you are aware that you are going to have difficulties with something that someone is asking for, you should tell that person.

It’s Important

When you’re asking someone to do something don’t just say that it is important. When you do this, you’re dismissing the importance of the work that they are already doing. Instead, you should try to explain to the person why the thing that you need is urgent.

Are You Upset

If you feel that you’ve upset someone, you really shouldn’t ask if they’re upset. That’s only pouring gas on the flames. Instead, apologize if that’s what you mean to do, or give the person their distance if that’s what the situation demands.

I Thought You Were Doing That

This is just a way of shifting blame for a task that hasn’t been done. It is unprofessional, but it might also create friction between you and a coworker. Instead of saying this, you should start thinking of ways to get the task done.

Because I’m In Charge

When you’re asking for something and you use this phrase, you are being condescending to the person that you’re talking to. If you need someone to do something, there are better ways to incentivize them. For example, you could explain the importance of the task or tell them why you need them to do that particular task.

I’m Bored

So you managed to go through your workload. That’s great, but there’s always work to be done around most offices. Find something else to keep you busy. If you don’t want to do that, don’t bother other people who might still be working. Especially not to say something like “I’m bored”.

I’m Busy

When someone asks you to do something, responding with I’m busy is one of the rudest ways that you can respond. Don’t do that. Tell them, instead, what you are working on and why you can’t handle whatever it is that you’re being asked to do.

It Wasn’t My Fault

It’s not productive to throw blame around. And nobody likes a snitch. Not even at work. If something goes wrong, take collective responsibility, even if it’s uncomfortable. It doesn’t matter whose fault it is. Your coworkers will appreciate you more for sticking with them.

I Was Just Doing What I Was Told

This is another way of passing blame when something goes wrong in the office. This is your way of saying that your superiors are actually responsible for whatever happened. In addition to being disrespectful, it also shows that you just follow instructions without giving thought to them.

That Girl/Guy Is…

Guys talk about girls and vice versa, however, those conversations at work are inappropriate. When you are saying those things about coworkers, it can verge on harassment. Have these conversations when you’re off the clock.

Watch what you say at work, and be professional.


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