Each workplace is individual. Though people may work in a similar field, the people they work with are all different. The individual personalities and interests of the people you work with make for different conversations and relationships.
Something said or discussed in one workplace, may have a completely different context and view in another. But, there are some topics that we should all avoid talking about in the office, for one reason or another.
This may sound quite juvenile or unexpected, but money and what people earn is definitely a topic to be avoided in the office.
Not only may others earn less, or more than yourself, but bringing in whole family incomes is a little too personal and may dishearten colleagues.
The person who earns more and has a family with a large income, who likes to brag about it can quickly become classed as annoying. But at the same time, the individual who turns topics of discussion to their constant lack of funds can be just as irritating.
Sure, the odd comment in response to turning down a night out with “Sorry, I’m skint.” is perfectly acceptable.
But drawing attention to your earnings is by far something we should all avoid. It can make others feel very self-conscious, and being questioned about things you decide to spend your wages on is something no one should have to justify. Your money is your own, to do with as you please.
Another very personal topic of discussion is sex. Although, to many, it may be obvious that sex is a topic to discuss out of the office, even more, if you work closely with the public, some people still don’t seem to understand this.
When you’re at work, you’re there to do your job, not to gossip about what sexual acts you got up to over the weekend. It’s unprofessional. You wouldn’t like to walk into another setting and hear the people working there talk about what they like to get up to in the bedroom – so don’t do it in your own place of work.
Also don’t bring sex toys to work to show off or discuss, it’s distasteful. Even at the mere age of 21, I feel embarrassed for those who feel the need to do this to broadcast their sex to the world.
Sex should be something private between you and the person you’re having it with if you’re comfortable to discuss it with your friends then good for you.
It’s a topic we should feel comfortable to talk about, but outside of the workplace. Let’s keep things professional.
A topic you would have thought I wouldn’t need to mention, but even still people continue to discuss their other teammates and their personal lives in a not so good way.
Let’s be honest, all of us at some point have made a negative comment about a co-worker. But constantly gossiping about a particular person in the office and what they do with their personal lives can be extremely belittling – even more so if they witness you doing so or are told that they have been gossiped about.
It’s also something that could be classed as bullying and could even cost you your job if you get reported for doing so.
Not only should trivial gossiping about other colleagues be avoided in the workplace, but so should any comments about their race, sexual orientation, religion or political views, as well as your own.
Opinions are opinions, and your views are our own, they are something we are all entitled to and we shouldn’t fear or try to be lead away from our own ideas.
Racial remarks are a definite no go. Even if you meant what you said as a joke, it’s rude and inappropriate and is a definite must to not discuss in the office, no matter where you work.
Keep your own opinions on sexual orientation, religion and politics to yourself, do not try and force your views on anyone, and to avoid any heated debates or complaints, save it for your home.
If you feel uncomfortable in your workplace due to discussions about yourself or topics you’re not comofrtable with then speak to your line manager or HR department as they are there to help you!