I’ve been in retail for almost 15 years. And for 14 of those 15 years I’ve been a supervisor. Even though I’ve been a supervisor for a long time, it still surprises me how clueless people can be about what is appropriate to say and do in front of their boss. There are just some things that you shouldn’t do, people! But if you insist on annoying me, here’s the best way to do it:
Say: That’s not my job.
This is my biggest pet peeve. If the boss asks you to do something, then guess what? That just became your job. No boss wants to work with someone who isn’t a team player. So, you need to be willing to tackle any task that you’re given to prove that you are a team player.
It’s not technically my “job” to work freight, but if we have call outs or huge trucks, then I’m working freight. I’ve pushed buggies, swept and mopped floors, cleaned bathrooms. Whatever needed to done. I’ve done it. And that’s the kind of attitude that bosses look for when they want to promote people.
Play around when I’m trying to talk work.
I’m a nerd, and the people I work with know that. But when I’m trying to tell someone what their tasks are for the day and they just want to talk about comic books, it’s annoying. There is a time and a place for those conversations. And trust me you’re not winning your boss over by talking about their favorite things when they’re trying to talk about work. Keep the focus on where your boss has placed it. If she is talking work, keep it there.
Tell me that you hate your job and constantly complain.
We all have days that we dislike our jobs. It’s natural. But actually coming out and telling your boss that you hate your job, and don’t want to be there. That’s just not smart. And it amazes me how many people don’t realize that!
These are also the same people I hear complaining when they’re overlooked for promotion. No one likes being around a negative person. And the truth is that someone who only talks negatively about their place of employment, isn’t going to get promoted. Realizing that your company has areas of improvement and coming up with solutions to fix those issues that will get you promoted.
Text when you’re suppose to be working.
Cell phones are a huge part of our lives, and I know it unreasonable to expect people to not have them while they are working. But keep the texting to a minimum. Like texting back to let someone know you’re at work and will get back to them later. Don’t waste your company’s time. Show that you are trustworthy even in these small matters, and keep your texting, Facebook, and social media time to breaks and lunches.
Point the fingers at others
I’ve had to reprimand a lot of people over the years. The best thing to do is to own up to your mistake. Don’t start pointing fingers at others. I hate hearing, “Well, so and so does it.” Because that makes it OK, of course. Pointing fingers does you no good. It only makes you look like a child. Besides, your boss most likely already knows about “so and so” and is dealing with them. But they cannot discuss that with you. So, keep the conversation on yourself and what you need to do to improve.
Call in sick and then post about what a great day you’re having on Facebook.
People actually do this. Even if you’re not friends with your boss on Facebook, if you’re friends with any of your co-workers, they will tell on you. Be smart people.
Say that you don’t have anything to do or that you’re bored.
This always blows my mind! There is always something to do. And you need to learn what those things are. If you’re done with your usual daily tasks, ask your boss what’s next on the agenda. Don’t let her catch you goofing off. She wants to see you show initiative, so find a way to be productive.
Are you a supervisor? What are some of your pet peeves? Even if you’re not a supervisor, what are some of your pet peeves in the work place? Let me know in the comments!