Most employees spend most of their waking hours at work. And some people know their co-workers better than they know some of their own family members. That can make it easy to get too cozy, and start sharing information that is not in your best interest to share.
Here are some things that you should never share in the workplace:
1. Don’t share your career plans
I had a friend several years ago who naively told another co-worker that she was looking for another position. She came in to work one day to find that a new employee had been hired. The new woman told her that she had been hired to take my friend’s place. My friend confronted her boss about it, and her boss said, “Well, you were looking for a new job anyway.” Then the boss let her go!
In fact my friend had not actually gotten another job yet, but she was seriously looking. Being unemployed suddenly forced her to really kick her job search into high gear and caused her a lot of unnecessary stress.
The moral of the story is that you should share your future career plans with your friends and family, not with co-workers who have the potential to harm your career at your current job.
2. Don’t share intimate details of your personal life on the job
People who go into too much detail about who they are dating and all the specifics of what they did over the weekend just open themselves up to office gossip and ridicule. And it does not project a professional image. My advice to employees is to be businesslike on the job. If you have a reputation of being a party girl or party boy, it can hurt your chances of advancement on the job. It will be difficult for people in management to see your career potential if your off-hours reputation overshadows your professional image.
3. Don’t share your political beliefs
People often become very emotionally charged when talking about their political beliefs because they believe in them so strongly. It can be very polarizing to a workplace when people start spouting their political preferences because in most cases, different people on the job have different political beliefs. Remember, you are at work to work, not to champion your own political cause.
4. Don’t tell anyone that you want someone else’s job
Even if your career goal is to take over from your boss, you won’t win any brownie points by saying so. Quite the contrary. You may at best alienate your boss, and at worst tempt your boss to eliminate you as a potential threat. The best thing to do is to keep your aspirations to yourself while preparing yourself through education, certifications, and on the job experience to move into that role when the opportunity presents itself.
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