Sometimes, making small talk in the office can be a good way to build rapport and get to know your colleagues. There are other times, though, when you need to be as efficient as possible to get all your work done. Here’s how to work more efficiently in English by replacing these three expressions with more productive alternatives you can learn online.
How are you?
This is a great phrase for making small talk – it’s one you need to avoid if you want to make the most of your time, though. Having a colleague or client spend 20 minutes complaining that they missed their train or telling you what they did on the weekend is a sure way to disrupt what you are working on. A short ‘hello’ then getting straight to the point will save you a lot of time. Alternatively, if someone starts a conversation with you, politely asking ‘How can I help you?’ before they start chatting will encourage them to concentrate on what they want you to do rather than taking up lots of your time.
Most of the time, when people say they will ‘try and do something’ it will never get done. Be clear with people what you can and can’t do. If there is something that your are not sure whether you will have time to complete, let people know by saying ‘I’ll do this if I have time’.
When do you want to meet?
It’s easy to waste a lot of time deciding when to meet people. Avoid sending more emails than you need to by giving times when you are free to meet and asking the other person which of those times is best for them. If you need to fit in around the other person’s schedule, you can ask them to do the same by asking them to let you know three times when they are free so you are more likely to find one that you can both do.
Give these three simple changes a try next time you need to be super-productive at work and see how effective they are. Then you can enjoy getting your work done more efficiently.