When you are part of an organization, you will have colleagues at the workplace that you end up confiding in for work issues and sometimes even personal problems. This happens because you feel the need to talk when you have issues and sometimes, although you might try to keep your distance from your office pals, the point is, you spend so many hours in the day with them that its difficult to just not blurt your problem out.
There are many times that people make good friends at the workplace. That’s how after work drinks and dinners become an important thing to look forward to.
However, whatever the relationship and bond you may share with your colleagues, you should never forget the fact that you work together. And at work, it is a rat race to get to the top. Your friend from work, who is actually your colleague would be aspiring to get to the top, just like you and this is why there should always be some barrier with regards to what you do share with your colleague. You can talk about several things but there are certain things that you should just never mention, this will help you stay on top of things and keep your place in the organization secure because you never know when your colleague might use your own secrets against you to race to the top. A few things that you should never tell your colleagues are:
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Anything regarding your search for a new job
It doesn’t harm to keep your options open and to explore new opportunities. However, if you are considering going for a couple of interviews just to see where you stand in the professional world or even if you are looking for a job for better opportunities, then its best to stay quiet about it. Don’t let your colleagues who you usually confide in know about it, because they might tell other people at work and the news may reach your superiors and create a nasty situation.
Details about your love life
If you unmarried but are looking for the right soul mate then you will be subject to many good and bad dates. You will feel the need to talk about it, but then, talking about your dates to your colleagues may not be the ideal thing. If you have a bad date and share the details with them, they will get an insight into your personal life and will find it hard to take you seriously. This will create major issues later on, on the professional front. So share details about your love life only with friends from outside of work if you must.
Details about your embarrassing childhood memories
Everyone has had their share of embarrassing moments. But for people at the work place, it works to keep those details private. You can share some of it with your work colleagues but do not ever indulge in talking about every embarrassing thing that happened to you. People at work will not be able to look at you the same way again.
Your college parties
Everyone goes wild in college with the numerous parties. But once you are at work, keep those party details private. You need to have your colleagues take you seriously and if they know all about your party days they may find it tough to do so.
Negative comments about the superiors
Not everybody likes their boss; furthermore everyone at the workplace will have some bad things to say about their boss from time to time. But, whatever it is that you need to vent about your boss, do it in the company of friends outside of work only. People from work might use what you say against you at some point of time and tattle tale to the boss, thus putting you in serious trouble.
Negative comments about co-workers
You may have made your social group at work, but doesn’t give you access to talk about other co-workers in a negative light. You never know when the colleagues you consider friends will suddenly turn around and tell other co-workers what you have been saying about them. Keep your thoughts about others at work to yourself or keep whatever you say limited if at all.