It is inevitable to talk and discuss various points with your co-workers considering the long hours that we spend with them. However, talking must not translate to confiding or blurting out your current issues, concerns and problems.
You do not want to be caught in a situation where you need to explain yourself to a lot of people at your workplace, including your boss and other higher authorities!!
Here are (at least) 5 things that you must never confide to any of your colleagues:
1) Anything about changing career
There is nothing truly wrong with looking for a new employment opportunity, especially if you are no longer happy with your current work. It is your right to keep professional options open, exploring new opportunities and jumping ships if needed.
However, it is in your best interest to stay quiet about employment-search, at least until you have something firmly secured in your new role. If word gets out prematurely that you are looking, it could possibly get you sacked right away!! Or at the very least, it may need you to explain yourself to your boss and other superiors.
Either ways, this can make it very unpleasant for you to continue in your current role!
2) Negative comments concerning your superiors
While you may not like your boss, it is not right to thrash-talk him or her. There might come a time that you have a bad experience with your superiors.
However, if you need to vent it out, do so in front of a friend or friends that are outside of your work. If you are going to tell your story to a co-worker or co-workers, he, she or they might use this against you by telling your boss about it. You do not want this to happen.
3) Negative comments concerning your co-workers
Just like for your boss, you must not thrash-talk your co-worker in front of other co-workers. You might think of these other colleagues as friends, but they may/not do not so in return and could easily rat out on you.
So, be very careful and never bad mouth or talk bad about your co-workers or team members. If you need to vent, then like the previous point above, find someone outside of your workplace with whom you can vent and/or confide.
Plus, it is not good to spread negativity in the workplace; it is contagious and adversely impacts everyone, affecting team morale.
4) Negative comments concerning the products and/or services of the firm
Working in a company is one thing, believing in its products and/or services is a completely different thing. If you do not have much faith on your company products and/or services, you need not encourage others to develop their own distrust and discredit your own company’s product/service offerings.
Remember that you are still working there, and a portion of your salary comes from with each sale of that product and/or service. In case you do not feel comfortable with the product’s quality or your firm’s philosophies and so on, then seek employment elsewhere.
As the proverbial advice goes- “do not bite the hand that feeds you”. So, do not bad mouth your employer or their products/services.
5) Negative comments concerning company events
Not all company events will turn out to be what everyone wants, needs or expects. Some may seem outright boring or even silly.
There could be many reasons for why a certain event is being held and you may/not be privy to all the ‘real’ reasons. If you do not believe in a particular event and have the option of not attending, then you can choose to do so.
But if you do attend a corporate event then be sure to do your very best and come across as the very best representation of your organization at that event (particularly public events).
If you have any disagreements with a certain person or company policy or proceedings, then do step up to provide your feedback and discuss your options- BUT, remember to do so in an appropriate manner and through correct channels.
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