The 10 Things Managers Need Not Know About Their People

TalkShop Manager TipsPeople spend most of their waking hours at the workplace. Invariably, connections are made on the business level, while friendships are likewise forged. It is best to be able to establish rapport among all work units to make the environment pleasant and productive. However, one should learn to draw the line to make a positive impact and ensure that the work situation is both productive and healthy. Sheila Viesca, TalkShop CEO cautions, “Managers and leaders do not have to intrude into their employees’ personal lives to be good coaches. It is best to steer clear of controversial topics. This is true not only for managers, but for everyone else in the workplace.

What topics are best avoided in the workplace? Viesca enumerates:

1. Finances. Bosses need not delve into the financial standing of their team. Employees should not talk about money matters as this may be construed as asking for a loan or a dole-out.

2. Family problems. Except for your immediate family, no one cares.

2. Love/Sex Life. For decency’s sake, these are best kept to yourself. Moral issues can crop up that can cost one his job.

3. Gossip. Steer clear of office politics. This just wastes time.

4. Political views. These are divisive.

5. Off-color and racial jokes. They are offensive and degrading.

6. Your lifestyle/fancy purchases. Bragging about your expensive tastes and purchases is vulgar. It elicits negative feelings.

7. Religion. It is a personal choice.

8. Facebook account. Keep this among your close circle. There are just too many inappropriate posts and pictures that can harm your reputation.

9. How much you smoke, drink, or take substances. This is nothing to be proud of, and can backfire.

10. Negative views of peers. If you must complain, do so with tact with the objective of correcting the situation between you and the other party.

Viesca adds, “Workplace conversations should be safe and amicable. It should not leave one feeling exposed and vulnerable. Leaders are not expected to be life coaches of their team. Safe topics that allow decent conversation are best. These could center mostly on work which employees will appreciate to keep the relationship professional and congenial.

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Sheila Viesca, TalkShop CEO and Director of Communication finished her bachelor degree in Literature, masters in Entrepreneurship, and doctorate in Applied Cosmic Anthropology. She designed the Philippines' Language Competency Benchmark for the Department of Education and pioneered Integrated Language Teaching (ILT) in workshop designs and corporate communication training. You can follow her on Facebook, Youtube, Twitter, LinkedIN, and Google+


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