8 things you shouldn’t do at work

Originally “8 things smart people never reveal about themselves at work“.

Whenever we talk about success, the topic of emotional intelligence pops up.

In the article, one can learn how to manage thyself in an office environment and, ultimately, be seen as a bright employee.(Bright my ass)

So let’s get into it.

The first point says not to talk about your political beliefs. I completely agree with the author, although, I have yet to explore an office environment myself.

“…different people treat politics differently, but asserting your values can alienate some people as quickly as it intrigues others.”

“People build their lives around their ideals and beliefs, and giving them your two cents is risky.”

But should you just stand still when your colleagues start talking about politics?

Author says: “Be willing to listen to others without inputting anything on your end because all it takes is a disapproving look to start a conflict.”

Second, “don’t reveal that you think someone is incompetent”.

“If you don’t have the power to help them improve or to fire them, then you have nothing to gain by broadcasting their ineptitude. Announcing your colleague’s incompetence comes across as an insecure attempt to make you look better. Your callousness(indifference) will inevitably come back to haunt you in the form of your coworkers’ negative opinions of you.”

Third, “don’t talk about how much you make”.

“It’s impossible to allocate salaries with perfect fairness, and revealing yours gives your coworkers a direct measure of comparison. As soon as everyone knows how much you make, everything you do at work is considered against your income. It’s tempting to swap salary figures with a buddy out of curiosity, but the moment you do, you’ll never see each other the same way again.”

Next, obviously, “don’t reveal that you hate your job”.

“Doing so labels you as a negative person, who is not a team player. This brings down the morale of the group.” Who likes the nagger?

This one is funny, “don’t talk about what you or someone else does in the bedroom”. 

“Whether your sex life is out of this world or lacking entirely, this information has no place at work. Such comments will get a chuckle from some people, but it makes most uncomfortable, and even offended. Crossing this line will instantly give you a bad reputation.”


“How wild you used to be”.

“Just because you did something outlandish or stupid years ago doesn’t mean that people will believe you’ve developed impeccable judgment since then. Some behavior that might qualify as just another day in the typical fraternity shows everyone you work with that, when push comes to shove, you have poor judgment and don’t know where to draw the line.

And last, “don’t let others know that you’re job hunting”.

“Once you reveal that you’re planning to leave, you suddenly become a waste of everyone’s time. There’s also the chance that your hunt will be unsuccessful, so it’s best to wait until you’ve found a job before you tell anyone.”

Hope you learned something. Peace!

Bilguun B.





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