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01/04/08
On the job. Ten Memorable Phrases
Filed under: Recent Posts, First Year on Job, Mature professionals
Posted by: site admin @ 11:05 am

Al Sklover’s newsletter brought up
simple ways of communicating both
naturally and productively with our
bosses.  (See Sklover working wisdom
newsletter Jan. 3, 2008.)

The newsletter offers ten phrases
that project a positive attitude and
team posture.  Listed below are
situations and some of Sklover’s
phrases:

  A request, followed by:
- “I will take care of that right away.”
or
- “I understand how urgent (OR
IMPORTANT) this is…”
or
- “That makes sense, I’ll get it done…”
or
- “No problem.  You got it.”

  A new request on top of others, followed
by:
- “When would you like this?”

  A problem or situation arises, followed
by:
- “How can I help you?”
or
- “Is there anything I can do to make things
easier for you?”

  Plan to exit with your boss regularly. 
However, if you leave earlier or separately:
- “Before I leave, is there anything you need?”
or
- “When I come in tomorrow is there any
priority items you want me to look into?”

And, of course,
-  “I appreciate that…”

- “Is this a good time for sharing an idea
with you on …. [improving, correcting,
streamlining, new ideas, etc.]”

As Sklover notes, these types of phrases
advertise an attitude that impacts how
your requests will be considered and
impacts the decisions made about your
job security, career development and
other factors.

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