Three Things Co-workers Should Never Share
Co-author of Grad to Great (Dalidaze Press, 2007)
While it’s true you’ll spend more hours with your colleagues than your friends, there are several reasons to be careful about what you share with co-workers.
Co-workers should absolutely not discuss their salary with their colleagues. Your colleague may be perfectly happy with their current salary…until they learn how much money you’re making that is. This can lead to tensions in the work place that are difficult to resolve once they have surfaced.
2. Desire to Quit Your Job
Don’t share this with the people you work with… unless you want the whole office to know. This type of information is hard to keep quiet, even for the most “loyal” co-workers. The colleague you share this delicate information with might get promoted and be put in a position where they have to make decisions about who to promote and who to lay-off. If this person is aware of your intention to leave the company, guess who isn’t going to be receiving a raise or a promotion? Share your career thoughts with confidants you don’t work with, or just keep it to yourself.
3. Gossip About Other Co-workers
Too much focus on what others are doing means less time to focus on your own job performance. What others do is not your primary concern. Focus on you and your job.