6 Areas to Avoid Discussing at your Work Place
Some topics are best not discussed at your work place. It could make things awkward and even unpleasant for you and your coworkers.
Here are my top six topics you should seriously consider crossing off your list of things to discuss with your coworkers.
Avoid discussing your own religious beliefs and avoid sharing your opinions about others' beliefs or lack thereof.
Faith is a very personal thing about which people are often sensitive. This doesn't mean you should hide your religion or shouldn't be proud of it, but realize not everyone worships the same way you do. Your coworkers likely don't want to hear that you disagree with them about this or that you believe your religion is the right one for everyone.
Avoid getting into lengthy conversations about this topic at work. While you may feel very strongly about your party or the candidate for whom you plan to vote, or you may have a negative opinion of the opposition, do not try to win your coworkers over to your side.
Your Sex Life
The topic of your sex life is off limits at work as it should be no one's business but yours and your partner's. Other than that, this topic of conversation makes many people uncomfortable and can make your relationship with your coworkers awkward.
Problems with Your Spouse, Your Children, or Your Parents
If you need to discuss your problems with someone, talk to a trusted friend, or better yet, a therapist. When you discuss issues you are having at home, your coworkers and your boss may question whether they will distract you from doing your job. If you are a supervisor or manager, discussing your problems may also reveal your weaknesses to your subordinates. This can undermine your authority.
Your Career Aspirations
If you are interested in moving up within your current organization, you should do your job exceptionally well, and of course, let your boss know you want to move up through the organization's ranks. Your actions will speak for you. Just don't make it the topic of workplace conversations with anyone who will listen. If your plans for the future include leaving your current job in order to advance, don't announce that until you are ready to make your move.
Your Health Problems
If you have a chronic illness or any medical issue, don't dwell on it too much at work. Doing so will give your coworkers and boss a reason to wonder if your condition will keep you from doing your job well. If you need to take sick leave from work, you will have to discuss it with your employer, but you are not required to provide details.