How to Keep Your Work Reputation in Check
When most of our days are spent in the office it is easy to fall into a pattern of familiarity and comfort with your co-workers. While this can make for an easier atmosphere, it can also do the opposite, possibly causing you to lose your reputation and potentially your job. So, here are some key ways to keep your name out of the work drama and your job off of the line.
1. Keep Your Opinions to Yourself
There will inevitably be a time when a co-worker wants to gossip with you about another co-worker, or even the boss. Whether the gossip is about their professional or personal life, it is absolutely best to keep your opinions to yourself and your mouth shut. There is no need to engage in the gossip and further it along. Learn to be vocal. Politely let others know that you would prefer not to be involved in any cattiness or office drama.
2. Keep Your Personal Life Personal
Drawing a fine line between your professional life and personal life is also key to keeping your professional life professional. Avoid spilling details about your marriage, dating life or anything that you wouldn’t want to be made public. Be clear with yourself about what information you are willing to share, and what you want to keep personal. The last thing you want is to be the office gossip.
3. Social Media
A good rule of thumb is to keep your co-workers off of your social media until you are no longer working for the same company. We often share political, religious and social views as well as personal details and pictures. If it is public, it is easy to copy or reshare. Be smart about what you post. But if you chose to be free spirited on social media, be sure to be smart about who you allow to view it.
4. If You Have a Complaint – Be Professional
There is bound to be a co-worker who won’t ever be on your Christmas card list. Maybe their work performance isn’t up to par, they are the office gossip, or they are downright annoying. If their behavior is harassment, affects work performance or is frowned upon in your company’s policies and procedures then is the time to go to your supervisors. If there is a valid problem, gossiping with co-workers or complaining about the individual will just make problems worse. Be professional when dealing with difficult problems or people.
5. Practice the Golden Rule
Treating others as you wish to be treated is probably one of the most important to-do’s at the office. Be kind, be respectful and be a team player. Remember, we all have bad days but remembering to work through it with a smile will absolutely help you in the long run.