Even if you are an ardent
believer in a religion, it isn't something you should
discuss at work.
You don't need to preach about
your political beliefs to your coworkers.
No one wants to hear about
what you and the missus did last night in bed.
When you make personal rules about discussions at work, you
save yourself the trouble of entering into needless debates and
creating enemies. Not only that, but office gossip can be
vicious, and you don't want your personal information spread
from cubicle to cubicle. Following are six topics to avoid
discussing at work.
If you are an ardent believer in a religion, that's
great, but it isn't something you should discuss with your
colleagues at work. Religion is an intensely private subject
that should only be discussed outside of work. Even if you
know that your colleagues are like-minded, you run the risk
of offending someone who overhears what you're talking about.
Further, talking about religion can instigate needless debate
that will keep everyone from doing their jobs. It opens the
company (as well as the employees) up to possible lawsuits
and creates havoc where none needs to be.
I don't really see a problem with discussing the
latest legislation passed by Congress, but you don't need to
preach about your political beliefs to your coworkers. First,
everyone is entitled to their own opinions and you don't want
to offend anyone. Secondly, politics is as personal and as
hotly debated as religion and it will detract from your work.
Keep your political affiliation to yourself and concentrate
on other matters.
No one wants to hear about what you and the missus
did last night in bed. I guarantee it. Sex should never be a
topic of discussion at work for two reasons: First, your
partner probably wouldn't be happy that you're sharing
intimate details of your sex life; and second, you might
mention something about sex that makes another colleague feel
uncomfortable. Even talking about sex or sexual preferences
can be construed as sexual harassment, which is something you
obviously want to avoid.
While it might be okay to talk about your family
vacation or to tell your coworkers about family traditions,
you definitely don't want to share personal information about
family members. Your relatives wouldn't appreciate it and
you'd be violating their privacy. Further, your colleagues
have problems with their own families and don't want to worry
about yours, so don't discuss family at work.
It is always a rule of thumb to never discuss salary
at work. You might be making more (or less) than the guy at
the next cubicle, and you don't want to start a wave of
jealousy or anger. Not only that, but you shouldn't talk
about benefits, potential raises or anything else work
related other than your specific job. If you're planning on
leaving your company for a better job, keep it to yourself
until you've handed in your resignation. You don't want
things like that getting back to your boss, who probably
won't appreciate your big mouth.
Haven't you ever been in an office with someone who
can't stop talking about his surgeries, his medications and
his urinary tract infections? Nobody wants to hear about your
health problems and they aren't your coworkers' business,
anyway. The only time you should discuss your health at work
is if you need to tell your boss about why you require time
off for health-related concerns.