Alternatives to rude things you might say

“How’s it going?” > “Is it done?” “I built on top of it” > “I made changes to it” “I noticed something” > “There’s a mistake” “Need more time?” > “Today was the deadline” “Need some help with it?” > “Gentle reminder” “Sharing this will lead to…” > “Don’t share this” “Was this intentional?” > “Did you proofread this?” “Take care of the situation” > “Clean up the mess” “This is not your best work” > “This can be better” “Need your help to unblock us” > “Bumping this up” “We were waiting for you” > “We started without you” “I need it before the board meeting” > “I need it today” “This activity is blocked” > “I’ve been waiting for a week” “Let me get you caught up” > “You missed the last meeting” “Are you adding the examples?” > “Where are the examples?”

You’re probably going to get the same response with either statement. But one of them leaves a better taste.