It's easy to want to confide in your co-workers. You spend so much time with them and can really develop deep friendships. But, you want to be very careful what you tell them, especially when it comes to workplace issues.
Nino left a comment on one of our articles and said:
"I was working in a high end luxury store. They didn't give me full benefits like they promised when I signed the contract, so after a year and a half I decided to move on and find another job. I made a big mistake trusting one of my co-workers, thinking she was my best friend. For a year and a half we were inseparable and very close, always confiding in each other. Turned out she was the spy for my boss on the floor and she told the floor manager that I was looking for a new job. I lost my job right away! Lesson learned. Don't trust anyone. No matter how close they are to you."
While we hated to hear that happened to Nino, we thought it could be a learning lesson for the rest of us. Some things you share could come back to bite you so here are a few pointers about coworker friendships:
Keep your job search private
The last thing your current employer wants to hear is that you are looking for a new job. And the last thing you want to hear is that you lost your job before you found a new one. In order to avoid both, it's best to keep the fact that you are searching for a new job to yourself.
Work friends v. Real friends
Keep your friends close and your work friends closer? Forming friendships with your co-workers is awesome. It makes working more enjoyable and can help you all work better as a team. However, any personal information that could affect your employment shouldn't be shared. Some coworkers just might not know how to keep a secret. Others might have malicious intentions or motives of moving up in the company.
Most jobs require working as part of a team. People won't feel comfortable working with you if they know you are the "Chatty Cathy" of your job. You don't want to be the topic of conversation among others either. Steer clear of gossip and rumors to keep your work environment positive.
Think of it this way: If you wouldn't want your boss to hear it, you probably shouldn't say it to your colleagues. By the time you figure out sharing the information with them was a mistake it's usually too late. Better safe than sorry.
Do you have a similar experience or any tips about sharing info with your co-workers? Leave them below!