Call it the “Facebookification” of the workplace—employees of all generations are sharing way too much personal information with their colleagues and superiors, writes author and executive coach Peggy Klaus. They’re broaching topics that clearly step over the line.
There could be a number of reasons for this trend. Social media may have changed their perceptions about what is and isn’t appropriate in the workplace. And people may simply be seeking to form emotional connections with their colleagues. “[E]ven if they know it’s inappropriate to share certain personal information in a business setting, they do it anyway because everyone else does,” Klaus writes. “So they think it must be OK (it’s not), and they think that their boss and colleagues are really interested (they’re not).”
Before sharing personal details, think about whom you are talking to, why you’re divulging it and whether the situation calls for discretion, she writes. Also, consider whether the information will help your personal and professional relationships. “Bragging about your drinking binges to your colleagues or boss will not improve your reputation or further your career,” she writes.
— Adapted from “Thank You for Sharing. But Why at the Office?,” Peggy Klaus, The New York Times.