Four Things to Avoid Saying in the Office

megaphoneThis piece on U.S. News & World Report made us chuckle in agreement.

Who hasn’t been there, done that at one point or another? That is, saying or hearing something ultra awkward at the office.

Please don’t be that guy or gal and put a foot in your mouth.

1. “Are you pregnant?” Let’s just say that if a woman is pregnant and wants people to know, she’ll say so. But to ask her about a baby bump when it just might be a bump, is inappropriate. Her belly is none of your business.

2. “You owe $10 for the boss’s gift.” Um, think before you speak. Asking a co-worker to cough up some cash can be awkward especially when it’s a group gift and even more so when you prefer to give an individual gift instead of a collective one.

3. “You’re so skinny! Why aren’t you eating?” As Alison Green points out in the piece, commenting on other people’s weight should be off-limits. Even if you’re truly concerned someone is malnourished you know what, it’s not your business. You’re there to work. They’re their to work and “not to have their eating choices or their bodies scrutinized and judged.”

4. “That’s not my job.” Ah, one of our favorites yet again. Saying something isn’t your job is one sure way to get noticed in a poor light. Plus, you’ll look lazy. Not like we need to remind you or anything.

Actually, when you stop to think about it, it’s more common to be asked to do something that’s not in the job description than not be asked for pursuits outside the box.