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Watch out for these 15 phrases managers use to control their employees

By | Kiran Athar |

Navigating the corporate world can feel like walking through a minefield of coded language. 

But it’s important for you to be aware of phrases that signify an unhealthy working environment – if not, your professional development could suffer as a result! 

So, in this article, I’ll be listing 15 phrases managers use to control their employees, and what to do if faced with this toxic work situation! 

1) “I don’t pay you to think.” 

This is probably one of the most insulting lines you can hear when you’ve just pitched a brilliant, innovative idea!

Managers will use this to shut you down when they feel threatened by your contribution…

They’re essentially saying, “Do your work within the confines of my procedures, and don’t think outside of the box.”

And that leads to the next phrase to watch out for:

2) “We’ve always done it this way.”

Just because something has always been done a certain way, doesn’t mean it’s effective or efficient! 

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