While this may vary, working in an office probably means you spend the most time outside your home (and it might even feel like home). These days, a lot of work environments are more laid-back than it was the norm—jeans! Snacks! —but there’s definitely such a thing as becoming too comfortable.
If you want to play it safe and be a professional, then letting your guard down can result in some unprofessional moments. Now, the following are five things never to do in an office.
Making dramatic personal phone calls
Sure, nasty calls happen. But you don’t have to subject everyone else to your drama. The office is not a place to nag your husband, wife or kids. Keep your personal issues to somewhere private or save it until you get home.
Gossiping about colleagues
Whatever information you’re spreading won’t make anyone look as bad as you make yourself appear for being the nasty and uncaring story-teller. Better safe than sorry, so if you’re not sure whether something will be offended—zip it!
Spending hours on your social media
You are being paid to be productive, and unless your job involves social media, you may want to be aware that having your phone glued to your hand can make you appear as if you’re texting with friends all day long. Your social media activities should be during lunch or break times.
Oversharing your personal life
This isn’t just about not letting all your personal stuff overflow into your colleagues’ ears. Yes, you are a human being and that means feelings. But not everyone wants to hear about your latest breakup drama. It’s okay to mention to your boss if something serious happens, like a death in the family or illness. Otherwise, you should be concentrating on the task at hand.
Hitting on your boss, colleague, or employee
Office romances make for exciting love novels and soap operas, but more often than not they lead to awkward situations in the office. Keep dating to off work hours.