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How to successfully share personal details at work

How to successfully share personal details at work

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Being yourself without oversharing

Research has found that workers are happier and satisfied with their work when they feel they can be themselves. Conversely, when people must hide their true identity at work, they may have lower job satisfaction and be more likely to leave their employer.

While people need to be themselves...

Relationships are built over time. Research shows that a meaningful depth of relationships occurs after about 60 hours invested together. When your relationship is already strong, intimate details tend to strengthen it. But if you open up too soon, it can derail a relationship.

Being picky ...

Consider the relationship type

When you’re deciding whether to share with others, think in concentric circles. Your close friends and family are in your inner circle and will know the most about you, but as you expand out from your centre, people may know less.

When you build your relationship, try revealing a little, th...

At work, it's okay to have relationships with people who are not your best friends. Remove the pressure to develop intimacy at work.

Consider how to build each connection. Consider whether your intended share is important to the success of the work relationship. For example, if the team is ...

Give thought to the impact of your openness. Everything you share will leave an impression, even the throw-away statements you don't consider memorable in the moment.

Consider if the information you share will strengthen or weaken someone's perception of you. Also, give thought to whether y...

Consider what is "off imits"

Some things should be left unsaid in a work setting.

Steer clear from politics or gossip. Other off-topic issues could include money, relationship challenges, or health issues.

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