A few work situations to consider when you are deciding what to do.
When in doubt, don’t tell that joke. Humor is a tricky thing. What may be hilarious to your friends and you may not be so funny in an employee group meeting. Or a speech. Or when you have the floor at an event.
When in doubt, don’t post that photo on social media. A homeowner needed a plumber. She went to a plumbing company website and saw a photo from the company picnic. One guy had a beer in his hand. That would have been no big deal to some, but it was to her. She called a different plumber. Search for and destroy anything your company may be communicating that could turn away prospective customers.
When in doubt, don’t hire. A Jewish proverb says to work with one less employee than you need.
When in doubt, don’t hire—part two. If there is something about the prospect’s past that causes you to be just a little concerned, don’t talk yourself into believing that the past is always the past. It often is not.
When in doubt, don’t send that email or make that phone call to tell someone off. Wait 24 hours. That gives you time to cool off, to get the facts and to question whether it is really worth doing.
When in doubt, don’t assume. Give people you have learned to trust the benefit of the doubt.
When in doubt, take the high road.