What Not To Tell Your Employees?

What Not To Tell Your Employees

Maintaining professionalism, respect, and boundaries in the workplace is for effective leadership.

Here are several things leaders should avoid telling their employees…

  1. Personal Criticisms – Comments about an employee’s personal life, appearance, or characteristics that are not related to job performance can be inappropriate and harmful.
  2. Comparisons with Other Employees – Avoid making direct comparisons between employees (“Why can’t you be more like…?”). This can breed resentment and damage team dynamics.
  3. Discriminatory Remarks – Any statements that could be perceived as discriminatory based on race, gender, sexuality, religion, age, disability, or any other protected characteristic are not only inappropriate but also illegal.
  4. Unrealistic Promises – Making promises about promotions, raises, or future opportunities without the certainty or authority to fulfill them can undermine trust and credibility.
  5. Confidential Information – Sharing confidential information about the company, other employees, or clients breaches trust and professional ethics.
  6. Excessive Personal Details – Over-sharing about your own personal life, problems, or opinions can blur the professional boundary between leaders and their teams.
  7. Dismissive Feedback – Saying “It’s just a job” or “You should just be happy to have a job” in response to employee concerns dismisses their feelings and can demotivate.
  8. Threats or Intimidation – Statements that threaten job security or imply punitive measures in a way that’s meant to intimidate rather than constructively address issues are destructive to morale and trust.
  9. Blatant Lies – Dishonesty, whether about company performance, future prospects, or feedback about work, can irreparably damage the trust between a leader and their team.
  10. Inappropriate Jokes – Humor that might be offensive or is at the expense of any employee is inappropriate and can create a hostile work environment.

Leaders should strive to communicate openly, honestly, and respectfully, providing constructive feedback, support, and guidance to foster a positive and productive work environment.