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Why You Should Never Discuss Relationship Issues & Politics At Work

Posted by | June 29, 2015 | Scholarships_CareerTips

By Jane Okoth

The workplace is somewhere you should feel at ease with your colleagues but that does not mean you can talk about whatever and however you like.

Certain conversations are a no no in the workplace and can negatively influence the perceptions others have about you and eventually kill your career.

In that regard, avoid these conversations if you want to be taken seriously in your work

Types Of Conversations To Avoid In The Workplace

1. Religion

You should not discuss your religious beliefs or your thoughts about other religions at work. The reason is that it is a very personal issue and people are sensitive about it. The workplace is not a place to convert people into your religion and most importantly, no one wants to hear that your religion is better than others.

If you insist on the conversation, it can turn into a debate, which turns into an argument, which eventually turns into animosity.

2. Tribal Matters

The tribal issue in Kenya has always been a thorn in the flesh. The era of discussing topics like this tribe is always better than the other is getting old.

You must be aware of the fact that making any kind of tribal jokes or slurs may lead to serious consequences at the workplace.

You are more likely to end up offending a certain group of people which can affect your work.

3. Politics

Politics is the root core of animosity in Kenya today. People are also very sensitive about their political beliefs and therefore you should avoid getting into lengthy conversations about politics.

You may have strong or negative views about the government or the opposition but never make it seem like a tug of war.

In case you haven’t noticed the country is more divided than ever when it comes to politics. To be safe, just keep your politics to yourself during working hours.

4. Your Relationship Issues

Never talk about your personal relationships simply because it’s no one’s business. Other than that, it makes people uncomfortable.

When you discuss problems you are having at home with your colleagues, it is likely to reveal your weaknesses which can undermine your juniors to undermine you.

If you do find yourself in a situation where conversations move to politics, relationships or religion, avoid it at all costs.