Things people shouldn’t reveal about themselves at work, another Travis Bradberry article for LinkedIn. I wanted to read the article to see what they were.
Sharing the right things at work is an art. You can’t build a strong professional network without opening up, but revealing the wrong things can have a devastating effect on your career. Disclosures that feel like relationship builders up front later can seem like obvious no-no’s with hindsight. Such as:
Your political beliefs. Disagreeing with someone else’s views can quickly alter their otherwise strong impression of you. Confronting someone’s core values is one of the most insulting things you can do. Be willing to listen without inputting anything, even a disapproving look.
That you think someone is incompetent. Chances are everyone else already knows they’re incompetent. If you don’t have the power to help them improve or fire them, you have nothing to gain by broadcasting their ineptitude. Doing so comes across as an insecure attempt to make yourself look better.
How much money you make. This only breeds negativity. Salaries can never be allocated fairly. Even if they were, people won’t think so, or know all the factors. As soon as everyone knows how much you makes, everything you do at work is considered against your income.
That you hate your job. The last thing anyone else wants to hear is someone complaining about how much they hate their job. Doing so labels you as a negative person, who is not a team player. This brings down morale. Bosses are quick to catch on to this. There are always enthusiastic replacements waiting just around the corner.
What you do in the bedroom. Whether it’s good or bad, this can make most people uncomfortable or even offended. Gives you a bad reputation.
What you think someone else does in the bedroom. No better way to creep someone out than to let them know that thoughts of their love life have entered your brain. Kinda like the scene in the marriage counselor’s office in the move Old School. Bradberry says this talk can plant a permanent, negative seed, failing to catch his entendre.
How wild you used to be. You past can say a lot about you. Just because you did something years ago doesn’t mean people will believe you’ve developed impeccable judgment since then. Behavior typical to a fraternity shows co-workers you have poor judgment and don’t know where to draw the line. Even teams of handlers and PR types can’t control the pasts of Presidential candidates. Better to keep your past to yourself.
That you are job hunting. All of a sudden you are waste of everyone’s time.
Interestingly, no mention of religious beliefs.