Picture your workplace for a moment. Now imagine your co-workers. Think of a co-worker who has a poor work attitude. Easy, huh? Is their poor work attitude obvious? If so, think of another whose poor work attitude is a bit more “disguised”.
This employee may reveal a poor work attitude with subtle looks, gestures, or language. In this post, we’ll concentrate on words and phrases employees use which may denote a poor work attitude.
Five Phrases That May Indicate a Poor Work Attitude
Not everyone who uses these terms is someone who has a poor work attitude. So, if you have a good attitude and you use this language, it may be best to break the habit immediately. For these terms are easy to say, but may come with overtones of attitude.
“It’s Not Fair.”
There are few things more annoying to productive co-workers and managers than someone playing victim. If you think about this comment, it could easily come out of the mouth of a disgruntled child. Not only does it show a victimhood stance, it is immature and naïve.
“It’s Not My Fault.”
There are few ways to avoid responsibility in a manner which directly points the finger at a co-worker. A majority of times, the truth will come out as to whose “fault” it is. So until then, stick to relating facts and allow managers to draw their own conclusion. “It’s not my fault” sends the message that you are a poor team player, and may show just how insecure you feel about your abilities.
“It Is What It Is.”
This phrase essentially shuts off all conversation and shows the speaker is willing to accept something less than desirable. It also tells the receiver of this comment their expectations are unreasonable. This phrase is the verbal equivalent to a shrug. And a shrug says, “Oh well.”
“I Was Just Following Orders.”
This is another example of evading blame. However, this time you are not blaming your co-workers, you are taking shots at your manager or boss. This is just silly.
This statement clearly establishes the fact that for whatever reason (too busy, not my job, task is above or below me, etc.) failure IS an option. Stated another way, “I’ll try” is equivalent to saying, “I don’t know why you are asking me, but I can’t say no. And I will likely perform this task in a way that is sub-par and it is your fault for asking.”
Be Conscious of Language’s Subtext
It is just a matter of time before the people who say these things are no longer relied upon or sought out to perform tasks. Others come to believe you are unreliable, and maybe even toxic.
Once this happens, it is just a matter of time before a manager or company owner questions the wisdom of keeping you onboard.