Obviously, in order to gain the trust and friendship of your colleagues, you need to open up to them. However, there’s a very fine line between giving just enough information about yourself and giving too much information about yourself. If you mistakenly reveal the wrong things, it could mean the end of your career (or, a little awkwardness at least). You need to learn how to stay on the right side of that fine line and find ways to open up without revealing the things that should be kept to yourself.
Here are 9 things that successful people do not discuss at the workplace, or even if they are out for a fun night with their colleagues.
1. Their Facebook activities
Your co-workers and employer should not be on your Facebook friends list. If they are, they see everything you post, and you may post something that could get you into trouble at work. If you must have them on Facebook, set up a separate account and don’t post anything personal on it.
2. Their negative opinions of others
You will never work at a company that doesn’t have at least a few incompetent people, but you should never tell anyone you work with that you think others are incompetent. This will do nothing more than make you look like someone who is negative about others.
3. Their thoughts on politics and religion
These are two topics that should never be discussed with your co-workers and business colleagues. They are very sensitive subjects — people take their religious and political beliefs very seriously.
4. Their partying habits
You may like to have a few drinks on the weekends. That is your decision to make, but no one in your workplace needs to know about it. If you come into work every Monday morning talking about how loaded you were on the weekend, you are soon going to be seen as a party person and not someone to be taken seriously.
5. Their incomes
While it is okay to let your family members know your income if they are interested, it is not something you should share with your co-workers. This can make things seem more competitive and bring on resentment if others make less.
6. Their bedroom activities
This is another topic that is off limits in the work place. You don’t want to hear about what your co-workers are doing in their bedrooms, and they don’t want to hear about your bedroom activities either. Some people may be very offended by this kind of talk, so it’s best left out of the workplace.
7. Their ideas about what others do in their bedrooms
No one’s sex life is any of your business, and there is no need for you to talk to your co-workers about the sex lives of others. The same goes for talking about sexual orientation. Basically, leave the sex at home — where it belongs.
8. Their negative feelings about what they do
Never tell your colleagues that you hate your job. No one wants to hear you complain. It will just make you be seen as negative and not a team player. Bosses will pick up on this and you could end up being replaced by someone who really does want to do your job.
9. Their latest dirty or offensive joke
Most of us love a good dirty or offensive joke, but there is a time and a place. The workplace is not that time or place. Some may find it funny, but others may take great offense.
Following the lead of successful professionals will help you to lead a tactful work life — without worrying about offending coworkers or jeopardizing your position.
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