Most of us know never to discuss politics and religion at work, but there are other topics that are equally as taboo. These subjects are off-limits around the boss, and even around the watercooler.
A recent survey conducted by Adecco polled more than 800 Americans and revealed that 23 per cent find relationship status to be the most taboo topic in the office. According to the survey, relationship status is even more uncomfortable to talk about than politics (chosen as most taboo by 16 per cent surveyed) and religion (which came first with 10 per cent of those polled). The takeaway: Save talk about breakups and makeups for your friends and family.
“Unless you work in a Hollister, your physical appearance probably doesn’t have a huge role in your performance at work,” says Anthony Morrison, vice- president of career networking service Cachinko. “Talking about things like weight, clothing and looks can be hurtful to company morale.”
Of course, it’s also wise to avoid talking about how attractive you find a co-worker.
Ben Dattner is the author of The Blame Game, a book that explores the psychology of pointing the finger at work. Dattner finds that discussing your lavish lifestyle in the office can cause a rift between employees.
“If you let co-workers know that you are spending the holidays at your family’s 55,000-square-foot ski chalet in Aspen, or even that you own your home while they rent theirs, they will likely have a hard time relating to you and may even resent you,” says Dattner.