13 things you shouldn't tell your coworkers

No matter how close you may be with your practice team, keep these things to yourself.
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Jan 21, 2009
By dvm360.com staff

While talking about non-work-related issues may be a great way for veterinary team members to bond, the sharing can sometimes go too far. Divulging certain information can damage your reputation, your relationship with coworkers, and even your career. Here are 13 things to keep quiet when you’re on the clock, courtesy of CareerBuilder.com.

Medical information: Coworkers may adjust their attitudes toward you if they find out you have or have had a medical condition. No one wants to be treated like an outcast.

Confidential work information: Are you aware of a plan for downsizing at your practice? Letting this slip prematurely might cause a panic among employees.

Plans to quit: You’ll throw off team chemistry by letting your team know too early of plans to relocate. Of course, you’ll need to give ample notice once you find a new position, but be careful about letting details of your search slip before you’ve secured the job.

Online venting: If you use a social networking site or blog to vent frustrations about your personal and work life, leave coworkers out of the loop. If they stumble upon your site, you’ll be scurrying to clean up the digital dirt and be forced to censor yourself from that point on.

The scoop on your relationships: Your practice is not the place to reenact your personal soap opera. Sharing intimate details might make it hard for coworkers to separate your romantic life from your professional one.

Your political views: A new administration has taken over, but no matter your feelings on the subject, keep them to yourself. You’ve likely seen how innocent discussions can quickly escalate into all-out arguments. Don’t risk bringing that into your practice.

Your religious views: See above.

Salary information: What you make is your business, and the same goes for your coworkers. Avoid the drama and hard feelings that can arise between two people with different salaries.

Your connections: Your coworkers don’t care about the important people you hobnob with. Bragging about how many doors your prestigious friends have opened for you will tarnish your image.

Shrink visits: Keep quiet about any visits with a therapist. Petty coworkers can be quick to start rumors.

Your complicated personal life: What starts as an excuse for being late can quickly turn into a long, meandering discussion of your complex personal affairs. Your coworkers might find it hard to trust you if you seem unable to handle things outside of work.

Gossip: Spreading rumors or secrets can cause rifts between team members and hurt people's feelings if they find out you've been blabbing. Don’t play the gossip game.

Inappropriate jokes: No matter how funny the jokes may be, keep them to yourself. Not everyone shares your taste in humor.