Office Situations Where It’s Best to Just Keep Quiet

While we encourage you to be opinionated and assertive, there are certainly moments when you need to learn to shut your mouth. Sure, there may be situations where it can be difficult to not respond to someone, but impulsively responding to such circumstances won’t do you any good either. With that in mind, we listed down some situations where speaking up could possibly cause more trouble than good.

When You’re Annoyed

Even the most collaborative teams out there experience bad days. Sooner or later, you’ll start finding someone annoying even if you tend to work well together. Whatever your reason is for feeling this way, it’s never a good idea to just blow up at someone. When your emotions run high, you tend to say things that you’ll immediately regret. So the next time someone gets on your nerves, step back, compose yourself and address your situation as calmly and respectfully as possible.

When Feel Like Yelling at Someone Who Made a Mistake

The best part about working as a team is you get to bond and succeed together – yet, that also means you get to fail together oftentimes. Even if you do everything, committing a mistake is just inevitable. It’s only normal, and surely, the person who dropped the ball feels guilty and frustrated enough. Berating that person will just prevent you from finding a solution. Also, you likely made a mistake of your own right? So just let bygones be bygones.

When You Plan on Making an Excuse

If you’re the one who committed a mistake, on the other hand, just apologize and offer a solution. Even if you’re waiting on other people, you should accept the responsibility of not being able to carry out a task assigned to you. Just provide an explanation, but don’t ever make an excuse.

When Your Boss Already Made Up His Mind

Every boss values the input of their employees. But when he decides to go another route, learn to accept it regardless of how good you think your idea is. Forcing your pitch will only make appear insubordinate and obnoxious.

When a Colleague Confides in You

Don’t break the person’s trust, even if you think that your boss needs to know what she’s going through. Remember, it’s not up to you to speak up. All you can do is encourage the person to be more proactive about her situation.

Learning when you should speak up and shut your mouth is crucial for fostering a good relationship with both your boss and colleagues. So be sure to take a moment or two to reflect on how you’ll react on each situations before voicing out your opinions or emotions. After all, there are things that are better left unsaid.

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