Some of you may have a very warm, friendly relationship with your manager. Those who do should consider themselves lucky. There are a lot of people who wish they had that. Just because you have an open door policy does not mean you can be honest about everything.
1) You should not tell your boss that “you do not know” something when they ask you a question. They are asking you for help for a reason. You need to say “I do not know, but I will find out for you, instead.” You also need to follow through on your promise. Your boss came to you. He will come to find out why you did not get back to him.
2) You need to stop going to your boss for everything. Looking for your boss for the answers makes you look incompetent and helpless. It is okay to go to him or her for the hard questions, but try to answer it yourself. That is why Google is there. Use it. Your boss wants to know that you can do the job yourself. That is why he hired you. You need to be a self-starter and self-sufficient, not a time waster.
3) You do not tell your boss that “it is not your priority.” The only time you tell your boss that is when you are 100% sure that you are not wrong. Doing the opposite will make you look incompetent. Your boss will think you do not know what you are doing. He or she will also think you are unaware of how the company works. Either way, saying that will paint you in a bad light.
4) You should not tell your boss that your workload is light and that you want to leave early. That is a big no-no.
“If you have time to lean, you have time to clean.”
Your boss will find things for you to do. I knew one girl, a while back, who told me she was bored. I told her to not let our boss hear her say that. Her boss promptly found her 5 things to do. The point is, you are there to work, make yourself useful.
5) Each of us has our opinions. Sometimes you need to keep them to yourself. You do not criticize your boss, especially when they are right in front of you. That will come back on you, tenfold. You should also be careful about what you post on social media. Your boss has access to your social media stuff, believe it or not. They will have a talk with you. Bayrock
5) You should keep your personal life personal. I learned that the hard way. Trust me, your boss does not care. Even if they do care, they will find a way to use it against you.
6) Keep a proper distance between work life and home life drama. I also made that mistake, many years ago. I made the mistake of thinking I could confide in my boss. They used the drama I was facing against me, especially when it came time for my review. Do you need to leave early? Simply state that you have home obligations that need to be taken care of.
7) You should not bring your religious beliefs to work. Your boss does not need to know what faith you practice and when. This gets filed under “keeping your personal life personal.” Your boss may think you are trying to push your faith onto others.
The bottom line, keep your mouth shut and do your job.