If you want to be perceived as a smart marketer in the workplace, a great place to start is by deliberately choosing not to reveal too much about yourself.
Bragging about your marketing prowess or personal life might seem interesting to you, but workplace is not the right place for discussing such matters. This might reflect bad on your reputation.
In this article, I am going to mention 8 things smart marketers never reveal about themselves at work:
1. Political beliefs
Discussing politics is the number 1 career-killing move made by any marketer ever.
As a marketer, you are supposed to discuss a lot of things with teams, but politics is not one of them.
If harsh political views pass your lips, you lose a lot of colleagues and it can hurt your professional reputation.
Obviously, you can’t completely avoid political discussions, but there are definitely times when you should hold back.
2. How much they earn
Your parents may love to hear all about how much you’re pulling in each month, but in the workplace, this only breeds jealousy and backbiting.
I have done this once and I regretted it instantly. I got a big promotion which didn’t go well with my colleague and it led to a lot of abrasion between us.
Your salary is something that should remain a mystery. Never share this intel with anyone.
3. That they are job hunting
There are times when smart marketers outgrow there workplace and they start looking for a new job.
Or, sometimes you are angling for a different position within the organization. If you share this with a lot of people, they might see you as a threat to their own positions.
What makes you smarter is: keeping your job hunting a hush-hush matter.
If you discuss it with your colleagues, they might sabotage your current reputation at the work place. There will be nasty office politics that might hurt your prospects.
4. Gossip about past manager
It important not to share issues at work that come across as complaining.
A smart marketer definitely doesn’t want the title of being a gossip monger.
Saying nasty things about your past manager makes you look like a whiny person.
Your current boss doesn’t appreciate it and nobody is going to trust you if you keep talking bad about your previous employer.
5. Personal life
Employers are usually less than impressed when employees’ personal lives spill into their professional lives.
Don’t talk about all the great things you do with your friends or all the invitations, trips and upcoming personal events at work.
It’s needless to say your intimate details and sex life should not be subject of office gossip. Similarly, your relationship issues and family problems should not leak into your work hours.
Even if you have quite a few confidants at your workplace, if you share something personal, skip on the details.
I had a manager who was very keen about knowing personal details of the subordinates which he conveniently used again his own teammates during the times of appraisal.
The most dignified marketers have healthy boundaries and they don’t mingle too much with people at work.
6. They don’t add co-workers on Instagram/Facebook
The only social media to add work colleagues should be LinkedIn.
Friending someone you don’t have a relationship with outside of work can lead to a number of problems.
On Facebook and Instagram, you aren’t in control of what people see, where people tag you or how your past posts might come across.
It generally become a peeping hole into your personal life. Your partners, vacations, personal events are at the risk of exposure. And, this information can be used against you.
If a manager or boss sends you an invitation or request, and youdont want to be rude, make sure they are in restricted list and see the bare minimum.
Still, the best approach is to not add co-workers and bosses on social media.
Because it may seem like a good idea at the time, but adding any of your bosses or even your coworkers on Facebook can have some dire consequences.
7. That they find someone annoying
Working with people you don’t like can be very annoying, but you don’t have to make it obvious and give in to the temptation of showing them their place.
Sometimes you don’t like a coworker because they have bad habits or you don’t appreciate their attitude, but you should learn to manage your reaction.
No matter how much they annoy you, keep your distaste to yourself.
If you can, you should just avoid this particular colleague completely.
It’s important that you figure out exactly which kind of beef you’re currently involved in before you can take any steps to squash it.
Keep a way open for communication and settle things if possible.
But if they are being truly heinous and out of line, report them to HR.
Discussing your hatred towards someone with other co-workers looks like lobbying and that situation is bound to breed bad workspace relationship.
Just remember that work relationships aren’t everything and you don’t need to be BFFs with everyone at your office. If you have bad blood between you, control your reaction and don’t come across as a horrible person to work with.
8. That they hate their job
How do you feel about your job? If you hate it and you want to quit, you’re not alone. A lot of marketers s feel the same way.
You don’t have to say it out aloud or storm out of the office.
The last thing anyone wants to hear at work is someone complaining about how much they hate their job. Bosses are quick to catch on to people who incessantly complain about hating their jobs because words get around, and they know that there are always enthusiastic replacements waiting just around the corner.
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If you are a smart marketer, you would pay close attention to all the chinks in your Armour AND safeguard your professional reputation by improving yourself.
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