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5 Things You Should Never Share With Co-workers

 

It’s nice when we like the people we work with.

 

There is a unique camaraderie that develops in sharing the day-to-day ups and downs of life on the job.

 

Of course, you’ll be closer to some people than others. Some may never go beyond the status of a colleague and still others may become lifetime friends long after you stop working together.

 

But matter how close you are to someone it’s important to maintain a strict level of confidentiality when it comes to sensitive information. As long as you share a common work place, here are some things that it is best never to share.

 

Salary

The only person at work you should discuss salary with is your boss or Human Resources. Period. Don’t be tempted to share this private information at any time with colleagues no matter how close you are.

 

Confidential Company Information

If you are in a position to have access to or learn confidential information about your company or employees or to hear company information that has not yet been shared with the entire organization, be extremely diligent to keep it in the vault. Not doing so could have all kinds of serious repercussions, not the least of which is a very negative impact on your career. Prove you are trustworthy and don’t ever create a reason for anyone to think otherwise.

 

Career Planning With Your Boss

These discussions are assumed to be confidential and it is in your best interest to keep it that way. You may discuss future opportunities or your career progression and sharing this with others could make relationships awkward. On the other hand you may discuss areas for improvement. Focus on making those improvements without complaining to coworkers. You don’t need the opinion of others to weigh in on what is your opportunity to grow professionally.

 

Personal Information

Sharing some level of personal information is inevitable at work however hold on tight to anything that you don’t want just anyone to know. Things have a way of slipping out and judgments made even if unintentional. Save personal discussions for your personal friends and keep your business friendships on the professional side.

 

You Are Going To Quit

You might think that sharing this information with close colleagues isn’t a big deal but it could have serious repercussions for you and even the person you tell. They could be fired if it is found that they knew ahead of time and didn’t say anything. You could be let go immediately if your boss finds out before you were planning to give notice, which might be well ahead of when you were planning to leave. It could also change their opinion of you if you’ve had a solid working relationship. Keep in mind that although you would provide notice, a company may ask you to leave immediately for any number of reasons so make sure that your boss is the first one to hear and only when you are actually ready to go.

 

Think twice before you share any kind of confidential information.

Working relationships change all the time. You could become someone's boss or they could become yours. You could change jobs and become coworkers again at another place of employment down the road.

Remain trustworthy and respected by keeping confidential information safe.

 

 

Post by Margaret Johnston, eventswork.com

As a career event professional, Margaret brings valuable insight and knowledge to the recruitment, management and development of high-performance teams for the event industry. A strategic and inspiring leader, Margaret has held executive roles for several global event management companies and key roles in the start up and orchestration of many high profile and international events.

 

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