By Randy | May 14, 2008
Getting to know you,
Getting to know all about you.
Getting to like you,
Getting to hope you like me.
These lines from the song “Getting To Know You” from The King and I, could be easily applied to today’s online social networks.
But how much is too much information to give out, especially in the workplace?
“Your colleagues are your professional family,” says Barbara Pachter, co-author of New Rules @ Work and a business etiquette expert. “You want that connection, but ultimately you’re also there for your career. That’s where the balance needs to come in.”
You want to foster an atmosphere of “family” without crossing the line of, “too much information.”
Here are 5 rules to live by on the job:
- Tick a lock. Some things should not be shared. This is a workplace by the way. Some personal things should be, well, kept personal.
- Keep God in the church. Religion can be a volatile subject to bring up in a work atmosphere. Best advice on sharing your views on “the man upstairs”: don’t.
- Mind your tongue. Swearing may be okay out on the construction site, but generally not a good idea in the office. A well placed, but ill-timed epithet could possibly win you a ticket to a trip out the door.
- Love is a many splendid thing. It’s also a real problem in the workplace. Cow-eying the hunk in the next cubical is a problem waiting to happen. It’s just not a great idea to fall in love with someone at the office no matter what Cupid tells you.
- Loose lips, sink ships. Don’t talk about coworkers behind their back. Keep all the juicy information that you’re busting at the seams to share locked up tight and wait until you get home and spill the beans to your wife, husband, or significant other.
Even though you may spend a majority of your day with people at the office, try to remember that different social rules apply at work and out of the office.
“If A equals success, then the formula is A equals X plus Y and Z, with X being work, Y play, and Z keeping your mouth shut.” –Albert Einstein
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