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8 Topics To Avoid Discussing at Work

Couple of topics that should not be talked about at work.

To make sure you remain professional and not cringe-worthy, I’ve listed together a couple of topics that should not be talked about at work.

Religious or spiritual journey. This is totally a personal thing.  Honestly, it is not anyone’s business whatever religion, denomination or spiritual belief the other person has; so keep these away from the conversation.

Politics. This has been said over and over; keep political talks out of your professional sphere.  Seriously, there is no need to be discussing, disagreeing and to some, causing soured work relationship.  Your political view is yours alone; there is no need to be telling and shove it to others.

Sex. Unless you want to be caught in the whole #metoo situation, avoid this topic like a plague.  Never and I mean, NEVER bring-up topics relating to sex, even if whatever you’ve seen on Facebook is making you feel like bursting; wanting to discuss it with someone; no, just no.   Also, just a little reminder, depending on your location in the world map, in some places, there are sexual laws in place; enough said.

Personal Information. Do not over-share about your personal or social life; the dinner invitations you have, the places you are going to over the weekend, your fights with spouse, the romantic night out two days ago, the disagreement with siblings or worst still, chatting on the phone loudly while in the office.   Draw a line; sometimes, it can be nice to be a little mysterious.

Salary and Money. Discussing salaries is a complete NO.  There is no need to divulge this information or how much rent you pay, the cost of your shoes, outstanding student loan, your debt; you get my drift.

Weight. I know someone from an office I used to work in; she goes around asking and comparing the weight of others.  This might come across as petty but the weight is a very personal and to some, even emotional. Just do not go there.  It is totally not right and downright distasteful.

Offensive Jokes. Jokes that are sexist, ageist, racist or offensive in any ways should be kept out from conversations.  Never crack one (joke) at the expense of others, ever. It is disrespectful and makes you unforgettable; definitely not in a good way.

Gossip. Do not gossip, badmouth anyone from the office, not even a light negative nuance of a colleague’s work performance.  While we are at this, do not compare too. Words travel and you want to be known as someone who spreads good vibe and appreciation, not the opposite.

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Zu Anjalika Kamis Gunnulfsen

Zu Anjalika Kamis Gunnulfsen is the Editor (Singapore) for Marketing In Asia. She is also a certified Image Branding & Lifestyle Consultant. Born in Singapore and blessed to have lived in a couple of other amazing cities in the world, Anjalika is currently expatriating in Kuala Lumpur. Follow her on LinkedIn and Instagram.

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