We’ve complied a list from Career Monster of the Top things to avoid saying at work and added our own tips and advice! Avoid using the following five phrases at work and getting “your foot stuck in your mouth”.  You cannot take words back, so be careful what you say especially with colleagues.  Words give others all around you an impression, so make it the best one possible!


“It’s all your fault.”

Teamwork is essential to any office or job.  Being a team player means you are in this together- good or bad.  Exclaiming it’s all someone else’s fault never implies teamwork.  Offer encouragement towards a solution for the issues.  A positive attitude that continually tries to move forward on to bigger and better things never goes unnoticed.


“It’s all my fault.”

Again, teamwork is essential to remember at the office.  It is always best to admit your own mistakes when they happen and be accountable for your own actions, but know you are part of a team in the workplace and others are right there with you in the faults that happen.  Move on from any shame of mistakes and avoid holding yourself down because of your mistakes, use them as a catalyst for betterment in the future.

“Don’t tell so-and-so, but…”

Gossip kills.  The he said, she said game always leads back to the person you are ultimately trying to avoid conversation with.  Watch your words; even when in regular meetings behind closed doors with colleagues don’t share secrets.  Keeping trust with your colleges helps to ensure a pleasant work environment.


“It’s not fair.”

Reality is, life is not fair.  Everyone knows life is not fair so why complain further? Be positive and look for the good in each situation- fair or not.  No matter how you say, “it’s not fair” it’s going to come across as whining and create an unpleasant atmosphere for everyone around you.


“That’s not my job.”

This is probably the quickest phrase to say that will send yourself packing and searching for a new job.  Employers look to hire team players, not individuals.  Consider why you are finding yourself saying, “ that’s not my job” Could someone else do it better? Do you not have time to complete the task well? Seek reasons and solutions for the feelings that lead you to not be a great team player in the workplace.