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Over-Sharing In The Workplace

Culture & Lifestyle Aug 16, 2014

Do you share too much personal info with your work friends?

Most people count their coworkers as their close friends, and why not? You spend most of your time with them, all day, almost every day. But according to a survey reported on Women's Health, some of us may be revealing way too much about our personal lives to our work besties.

The results from the LinkedIn survey of more than 11,500 full-time professionals around the world finds that 46 percent of professionals ages 18 to 65—and 57 percent of those ages 18 to 24 say their at-work friendships make them happier at the office.

Having friends at work overall improves that atmosphere and how much you enjoy your job, and being easy to get along with can also impact how successful you are on the job ­– but it is possible to be too friendly with your colleagues. Here are a few things you probably shouldn’t bring up at work.

Your Salary

When it comes to sharing personal information, such as your salary, there is a fine line in the work place. Talking about salaries at work may cause trouble with your management, or conflict with colleagues. You have to be conscious of who you have these kinds of conversations with.

Personal Relationship Details

While it’s totally normal to talk to others about your relationships, you should leave out any personal details that are best kept between yourself and your partner, such as intimate moments and fights and arguments. Sometimes coworkers can use that information against you. It’s okay to talk about how you met or your vacations together, but try not to stray too far off of those topics.


Gossiping is a big no-no in the workplace. Aside from being completely unprofessional, you can’t guarantee that the person you are telling won’t tell others. If you don’t like a colleague, the office is not the proper place to discuss that stuff. And, if a coworker is gossiping with you, they are probably going to gossiping about you.

Here are a few things to ask yourself if you’re not sure whether the conversation you're having at the office belongs in the workplace:

  • Who is listening to me? A boss, a colleague or a friend?

  • What am I sharing? Why am I sharing it? Is there really a point?

  • Would it be better if I kept some of this stuff to myself?

  • Does sharing this information benefit my career or the quality of my work relationships?

 Do you have close friends at work? Leave us a comment below and let us know!

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