When you work for a small company, in a small building it can be difficult not to become too personal with your coworkers.
Maintaining good relationships with those you work with is essential in creating a great work environment, but there is that fine line of where sharing too much personal information may end up causing problems.
Can you have good relationships at work without sharing too much? Keeping your work life fun, simple and create personal boundaries that you do not cross?
This is possible; you can share a lot about your life, like hobbies, family and friends without going into too much detail.
Learn to leave any serious personal issues at home and not burden your coworkers with them. If someone asks if something at home is not going well, thank him or her for caring and state you would rather not bring it to work with you.
If someone comes to you and wants to share a personal issue it is okay to let them know as much as you care about them you make it a practice not to get involved in co-workers personal lives as it can damage relationships and you do not want that to happen.
Find common ground topics to talk about, like current events, happening in your town or sports. Helping one another out at work creates common bonds and allows for work related discussion about events of the day or problem solving.
It is possible to be close to your coworkers and develop great relationships without being involved in each other’s personal life. We can support each other during times of personal crisis without knowing all of the specific details.
This is a good topic for employers to talk about with their office team because it can be hard for coworkers to have the conversation themselves. By understanding the danger of sharing personal information in the workplace everyone can then focus on building a positive environment where co-workers and employers can function without that added stress.
Keeping relationships light and fun at work allows the team to work through the tough times easier and enjoy their co-workers more.