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Employee Morale

Don't Be That Boss: Sayings You Should Never Let Slip

Entrepreneur Staff
Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture.
4 min read

When you're running a company, it goes without saying that not every day can be smooth sailing.  When things go wrong or you're faced with conflict, strong communication can help iron out differences, but the last thing you want to do is say any of these phrases to your colleagues in a heated moment: 

I'm the boss, do as I say. Your position in the company will make most employees treat you differently as a matter of course, but remember that respect is earned.

You're lucky to have a job! If an employee isn't doing the job you want, sit down with them and address the issue. If they can improve, that's great, if not, the best course of action is to let them go.

Related: Is Your Voice a Business Asset or a Liability?

If you don't like it, I'll find someone who does. No one can be productive with a constant threat hanging over their heads.

Why are you the only one who has a problem with this? Everyone has bad days and no one will agree 100 percent of the time. An occasional disagreement does not mean that an employee is not doing their best work, and a remark like this can only create a greater divide.

Check out the video above for three things you should never say to employees. 

Related: Correcting Leadership Communication Mishaps

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