10 Things To Avoid discussing At Work
For a lot of us that have paid employments, it is a common fact that we spend the bulk of our time in our various offices.
It is also common knowledge that because we spend loads of our time buried in work in these offices, we have come to enjoy bonding with colleagues; and in the process, majority of those colleagues have turned out to become great friends.
Friends we have learned to trust and ultimately confide in as per work-related issues which isn’t let’s face it; a really good idea. Many of us spend the majority of the time in office, and gradually, we start to treat colleagues as our close friends. However, you need to understand there is a strong need to always be careful about what you discuss with office colleagues at all times.
We thought to share a quick list of things we feel you shouldn’t be discussing with colleagues at any point. Whether we accept it or not, work affairs should have a certain standard that guides it; it is, therefore, important we adhere to these standards as often as we can.
- Never discuss Salary
Salaries are usually confidential people and its best kept that way. Think about it, how come HR of most organizations discusses salary matters privately with each person. Ethically, this is confidential information. When you tell about your income, co-workers may get either jealous or feel underestimated, while people with higher salaries might think you are the one who is jealous. If everyone rushes to ask for a salary review after talking to you, you can be fired.
- Political affiliations
Never discuss political affiliations. From experience, I have come to realize that this usually ends up badly as everyone has varied opinions, personal beliefs and emotions can run very high.
You can offend a person by simply sharing your preferences just because you never know what a person has been through. Expressing opinions on controversial political issues will affect your communication and, most likely, further work.
- Religious, gender, and racial differences
These issues cause even more misunderstanding than politics, where choosing sides based on what is wrong and what is right is a bit easier. It is important to have a clear position regarding these issues, but leave the discussion for a more suitable time and place.
- Everyone has varying tastes, leave it that way
Actually, you shouldn’t judge anyone for their appearances, clothes, or habits at all. Don’t approach a person with recommendations on how to dress better, seem smarter, do their work more effectively, etc. If someone wants to hear your opinion, they’ll ask. Otherwise, you aren’t trying to be helpful, you’re just rude.
- Personal lives should never be a topic of discussion
You cannot come to inform your manager that you aren’t able to organize a meeting because of a fight with your wife/husband. Everything that happens at home should stay at home, especially when we are talking about other people’s lives. Discussing the life of your colleagues is simply unacceptable.
People don’t like to hear about your troubles and diseases. If you start talking about this, you will find sympathy and compassion but don’t expect any special attitude. You should keep working as you were. If you keep talking about your health, you’ll just become annoying.
- How bad your job and workplace is
There are companies with better work conditions and social packages than your current workplace is ever going to provide. If you haven’t got a job offer from that company, you shouldn’t start to hate this one for being less impressive and your job being less cool. If you don’t like it, just leave and stop demoralizing the community.
- How bad your previous workplace was
If you want to talk about your previous job, keep the tone neutral. There is no need to curse everything, particularly, because it is a very subjective opinion. If you still need to answer uncomfortable questions, come up with polite wording. There is always a way to be more positive.
- Your boss & management
People holding higher positions are people just like you. Yes, they earn more now, and this is the reason why they can afford some things you can’t. These people had to earn their promotion and have proper expertise for occupying current job positions.
Their personal life and the things they do during off-work hours aren’t a matter of your concern. Before criticizing their decisions, make sure you are aware of all the nuances. And in the end, it is their job to act for the benefit of the entire company, not for you to be pleased.
- Never Discuss Your Goals & plans
There are two interpretations of such conversations: you are looking for a new job or you are trying to occupy (someone else’s?) managing position. In any case, this is not what you should share with the office staff. Your words might be misinterpreted, and you may lose colleagues’ trust.
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