We spend a lot of time at work. Forty-plus hours a week for forty-odd years adds up to a whopping 70 percent of your life spent in an office. Your work environment, your colleagues, and your managers may seem like family, and home, to you. You may love talking and sharing the finer details of your life with people you see, every day. Men and women, by nature, are social creatures. Did you know that most people spend more time with their coworkers than they do their own families? As this happens, professional barriers disappear and you become comfortable talking to each other. But there are a few areas of your life that should remain absolutely private!
Yet the question still stands; at what point does a co-worker become a friend? Can you honestly state that you trust any of your colleagues to consistently see the line between the information you shared as a friend and the information you shared as a colleague? If the answer is no, then you may want to start thinking about the information you share with them.
Below are 5 important things that you should never, ever tell your coworkers:
1.) YOU ARE JOB-HUNTING!
If you’re job-hunting after hours, keep it to yourself! You can tell your coworkers when you accept a new position. Until then, say nothing.
2.) YOU DISLIKE YOUR BOSS
If you are not a fan of your manager or any other manager in your company, don’t talk about it with your teammates. If you do, it will be very easy for someone to spill the beans to your manager and put you in an awkward situation.
3.) YOUR SALARY INFORMATION / PURCHASES
Don’t tell your coworkers your personal financial situation, even if they talk about their own budgets and expenses. If you are doing well, people can get jealous.
4.) YOUR POLITICAL OPINIONS / RELIGIOUS VIEWS
Respect and tolerance are the foundations of a working environment. People have their own fixed views and they can be very different from your own. Best to avoid the conversation of politics and religion at work.
5.) YOUR HEALTH INCLUDING ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION
Unless you have had to chat with HR about a health issue that is affecting your work, your health is entirely your business. It’s much better to keep your health issues private than chat about them with your work colleagues.
Coworker relationships are important, but you can also over-share your thoughts and personal opinions. The healthier your environment, the less you have to worry about a stray comment making its way to the wrong person’s ears and causing you strife. In the future, try not to overshare. Remaining friendly, yet professional is the basis for a successful career.