5 Conversations to Avoid in the Office

Some things are better left unsaid. This is definitely true for the work place. Have you ever overheard your coworkers talking and think to yourself, “I really wish I hadn’t heard that”. Certain conversations just aren’t appropriate for the office, but how do you know what’s off-limits? Here’s a few conversation topics you should avoid discussing with your coworkers.

Politics

Politics is always a no-no in the office. Having opposing political views has torn apart families, so imagine what it could do in the office. You  never want to risk ruining a potentially beneficial professional relationship due to a difference in political views. People tend to be very opinionated about what they believe politically. So it’s best to avoid having these conversations all together.

Gossip

Gossiping is never good, but especially not at work. You don’t want to be known as that messy, negative coworker. You should always speak positively of others and maintain a good reputation at work. Even if you aren’t the one gossiping, and someone is bringing gossip to you, quickly dismiss yourself from that conversation. You never want someone to go back and accuse you of saying something you didn’t say. Think of it this way, would you want someone gossiping about you?

Workplace Romance

Romance in general just shouldn’t be talked about in the workplace. No matter how close you think you are to your coworkers, they don’t need to know all the dirty little secrets about your love life. It’s okay to share that you have a significant other, however, you don’t need to share all your relationship problems and your sexual endeavors. You may be thinking, who would ever talk about that in the workplace? Trust me.. it happens!

If you choose to date someone who you’re working with, that also doesn’t need to be discussed in the office. It’s called your personal business for a reason. Keep it private!

Salary

HR usually tells you this, but just in case you didn’t know… discussing salary with coworkers is also taboo. There’s not really much to say for this one except don’t do it. Look at it this way, what if you and your coworker are in the same position and you happen to make more than them. Maybe they don’t know this, but while discussing salary, they find out and become angry. You just caused an issue that definitely could’ve been avoided. No matter how close you are with your coworker, DO NOT discuss salary.

Crazy Weekend Plans

This is pretty self-explanatory. I just don’t recommend going into the office bragging to everyone about how crazy your weekend plans were and how drunk you were. Some people are really cool with their coworkers and can talk about the intimate details of their weekend, but I would recommend using your discretion for this one. If you’re unsure… just don’t talk about it.

All companies and organizations have different workplace cultures. While some are chill, others are very corporate and uptight. No matter your workplace culture, you want to paint yourself in the best light possible to your coworkers. If that’s the goal, avoid having these conversations. You don’t want to be a Messy Betty in the office.

What other conversations should be avoided in the workplace? Leave a comment and let’s chop it up below.

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1 Comment

  1. Hi Tanece!

    I found this blog super helpful and as a millennial currently working full-time I wanted to get your opinion on something. I’m a black woman, and I’ve been dealing with some micro-agressions within the workplace. What might your approach be to dealing with situations such as these? I look forward to hearing from you!

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