A surefire way to frustrate a manager is to provide qualified input. Qualifying input is a strategy instinctively used by many employees to avoid committing to a response as a safety measure in case they end up being wrong. However, it also makes employees seem unsure, indecisive, and even lazy.
‘I Think’ Suggests Uncertainty
A great example of qualified input is using the phrase “I think” before providing advice or offering an answer to a question.