Knowing and following proper workplace etiquette among coworkers is important to achieving a sense of professionalism and ultimately keeping a company running smoothly. There are certain conversation topics that are simply not workplace appropriate, no matter how relaxed or casual your workplace is. Below are four topics to avoid discussing at work.
1. Financial Challenges.
No matter how much you’re tempted to vent, your personal financial challenges may be a sensitive subject and could be considered a topic to avoid in your casual day-to-day interactions with coworkers. However, it’s important to have someone to confide in. Though your coworkers might not be able to help and you may not want to shed light on your financial situation, you can look into financial counseling that your employer may provide through an employee assistance program.
2. Delicate Personal Matters
Sometimes you get so comfortable with your coworkers that it’s easy to slip into talking about inappropriate things. But no matter how close you are, something like your love life should be on the list of topics to avoid. You should also avoid other personal matters, such as trouble with your spouse, children, or parents. In other words, don’t compromise your privacy by blending your professional and personal life.
It seems like politics are all around us all the time. Because of that, it’s easy to slip into discussing this topic with your coworkers. But doing so could have a negative impact on your professional relationships; some people hold very strong political beliefs and may have difficulty working with you after a political disagreement. It’s best to avoid this topic altogether.
While your faith or spirituality may be very important to you, proselytizing, or trying to convert others to your religion, in the workplace can make coworkers uncomfortable. It’s best to be sensitive and respectful of others’ beliefs and stay focused on work in conversations.
While honest and open conversations with your coworkers are a good thing, there are certain topics you should avoid. Hopefully this list will help you navigate what to discuss and what to avoid.
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