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Top 10 Things You Never Want to Hear at Work

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We’ve all been there, hearing something at work that sets off an inner alarm.  Here’s to a good Wednesday, heck we can see the weekend from here!  Hopefully you will not hear any of these 10 things today:

1. We’ve got a crisis on our hands. Don’t be fooled by the implication of shared responsibility. That’s just a euphemism. Make no mistake; you’re on the receiving end of the message because you’re the one they’re counting on to handle the crisis or die trying.

2. There’s no easy way to say this. Guess what? There’s no easy way to hear it, either. This can precede any number of events, from you’re about to get fired or your top employee is quitting on you to your biggest customer is bolting for your top competitor. It’s all bad.

3. Why don’t you take some time off? This particular question can either precede or follow some really unpleasant news, like one of your employees has filed a sexual harassment claim against you or “I’m afraid you’re burning out and I don’t want to have to fire your butt.”

4. All your meetings have been cancelled. This is where you say, “What do you mean all my meetings have been cancelled?” to which your admin replies, “What can I say, nobody wants to meet with you.” They could be customers, the media, employees, whatever, you’re now officially insignificant. Never a good thing.

5. Did you really just say that? Lots of people, especially public figures, have heard that one right after they think something that wasn’t supposed to actually come out of their mouths, usually while the mic is on, the tape is rolling, or the boss is on the receiving end.

6. I accidentally deleted it. It’s gone. You may not have pulled the trigger but the fact that you’re on the receiving end means that, whatever it was — probably a pitch or report you worked on for weeks — you’re the one who’s going to suffer because of someone else’s screw-up.

See all the rest via Top 10 Things You Never Want to Hear at Work | Power Your Future – Yahoo! Finance.

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