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What to Say When … (Round 7)

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in Leaders & Managers,Workplace Communication

You realize you’ve given your boss a report with an embarrassing error:

“As hard as it is to say this, I have to tell you that I made a mistake in the report. I fixed the error as soon as I found it. Here’s a corrected version.”

You want to convince a part-timer to treat the job more seriously:

“Even as a part-time employee, you’re still an important part of our team. I need you to give 100 percent. It’s not the number of hours you work that’s in question but how well you perform while you’re here.”

A new employee asks you to be patient and stop micromanaging:

“I’ve been in your shoes, so I appreciate what it’s like to have a boss who meddles. But given the tough market we’re competing in, I can’t afford to be completely hands off and hope everything works out. How would you propose to keep me informed before making key decisions so that I won’t have to badger you?”

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