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“He Said What?” – 10 Things to Avoid Saying to Employees


(Alleged) comments made by managers about their employees on appraisal forms. Prepare to cringe.....

1. "If you gave him a penny for his thoughts you'd get change"

2. "He brings a lot of joy whenever he leaves the room"

3. "He has a knack for making strangers immediately"

4. "He would argue with a signpost"

5. "When she opens his mouth it seems that it is only to change feet"

6. "I would not allow this employee to breed"

7. "He would be out of his depth in a car park puddle"

8. "This person has delusions of adequacy"

9. "Since my last report has reached rock-bottom, and has started to dig"

10. "The lights are on but nobody's at home"

What are the worst comments you've ever read on an appraisal form or school report? 

Bryan Edwards is Managing Director of ABC Training Solutions Ltd ( which delivers training and markets a range of fully-designed, ready to deliver workshops, self study packs and other training exercises for the busy trainer. He can be contacted on 07747 602215 or [email protected]

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