Words matter, especially at the workplace. Have a look and see if you’re using these three words too often. By Pinky Chng
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The “J” word – just
“I was just wondering …”
“Can I just check if …”
It might seem harmless – what’s an extra little word in a sentence, right? Wrong. It completely alters the dynamics of the interaction – “just” is a permission word that places you in a position of subordination, handing the authority to your conversation partner.
The “T” word – try
Do or do not, there is no try.
Your bosses don’t want someone who’ll try to fix the problem, or try to complete the report by 4pm. They want someone who will fix the problem, and who will get the work done. Be sure of yourself (or even if you’re not, at least look the part) so you empower yourself as a worthy, reliable worker.
The “M” word – might
In a similar vein, nobody trusts that indecisive colleague who might look over the contract – you’re implying a lack of conviction and downplays your reliability.
If you begin to pay attention, you’ll realise how often these lethal words creep into your vocabulary. So scratch these words from your mental wordbank.
A version of this story first appeared in The Finder.