Conversations with Colleagues – Career Ending Errors to Avoid

June 27, 2013 — 1 Comment

Want to bring your career to a halt or worse?

If your answer is “no” then you ought to consider what you should and should not talk about at work.

We must control both what we say and how much we share in our professional life. The word “professional” turns many people off because they associate it with corporate stuffiness.

Definition of PROFESSIONALISM

1: the conduct, aims, or qualities that characterize or mark a profession or a professional person(see 1professional)

2: the following of a profession (as athletics) for gain or livelihood

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/professionalism

Consider the “conduct, aims, or qualities” of professionalism in relation to your conversation at work.

Success in your career can hinge on the appropriateness of your casual conversations at work. Aim high! Here are two resources that will help.

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/business/worklife/seven-things-you-shouldnt-tell-your-colleagues/story-fni0d8zj-1226586820029

http://careerplanning.about.com/od/workplacesurvival/tp/work_talk.htm

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One response to Conversations with Colleagues – Career Ending Errors to Avoid

  1. 

    I always keep this in mind when speaking with co-workers, both at work and away from the office. People do not forget your comments or slights against co-workers. It is a way of self-preservation because we all want to be liked when it comes down to it. Even more importantly, we want to be respected at all levels of leadership. Your words reflect your character and that is something that people will recognize quickly, either for the best or for the worst. More importantly, as a Christian woman in the workplace, I know that my words directly influence the tone set for the day. Psalm 19:14 states it best, ” Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.” –I need to remind myself of this more often and do not pretend to guard my every word, but at the very least, I hope to be seen as one who is humble when I know I have misspoken. It matters what you say and how you say it!

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