With some millennials in the workforce reaching the stage where their career is beginning to take-off, it is important inappropriate workplace speech habits and slang do not creep into their workplace interactions, client exchanges and business meeting conversations.
Here are 7 speaking habits millennials need to get rid of to come across as more professional in the workplace.
Millennials are sometimes prone to oversharing thinking it will help them form closer bonds with their work colleagues. Some workmates can be receptive of this and will reciprocate, but more often than not it is seen as unprofessional, especially by older professionals. Oversharing also runs the risk of getting the workplace rumour mill started and could lead to unintended consequences.
When you are chatting with co-workers you should always look interested in what they have to say. The best approach is by getting engaged in the discussion. Don’t nod your head and say ‘yeah, ahuh, sure’, at random intervals, this just makes it seem like you want the conversation to be over already, or you want to interject already.
Get engaged in the flow of convo, if you have a differing opinion voice it, discuss it, ask them to elaborate on their viewpoint, or add a follow-up question to dig deeper. This shows you are interested in what they have to say, that you are open to taking on-board different ideas and most of all that you have the maturity to engage with people of all ages and from all walks of life.
An ability to interact with all sorts of people from diverse backgrounds on their level is a skill which cannot be taught and is highly valuable when it comes to forming connections in professional life.
When at work you should focus on lowering your voice towards the end of sentences as it sounds assured, confident and solidifies your point. If you raise your voice nearing the end of a sentence you come across as unsure of yourself. If you seem like you are doubting yourself, then so will others.
Your personal goals do not take precedence while you are on company time. You need to focus on your job and avoid phrases such as “I think I could use my time more productively doing this”. It might look as if you value your own goals over the business’ priorities.
It doesn’t matter whether you are communicating with a co-worker, client, or superior via email, phone, or face-to-face, you should always remain professional and use the word ‘yes’ instead of ‘ahuh’, ‘yep’ and so on.
‘Literally’ is an over-used word amongst some millennials. It just sounds like you have a terrible vocabulary as it is often over-used and used wrongly. The word itself means “this actually occurred”, so it should only be uttered when you are talking about something which actually happened.
Using ‘like’ incessantly has a similar effect to nails on a chalkboard. Just please spare your poor co-workers from this term.
‘Like’ is often used instead of ‘um’, or ‘ah’. Over-using the word “like” is very unprofessional and can make a person come across as highly-unfocused.