More Magazine Issue 11th February 2013

This issue for me personally has opened my eyes to many more paths such as I have found a new magazine to subscribe too, new bloggers to follow and advises how to make money from your blog, check the 5 minute workshop category to see how…

This article advises us how to remain professional in the office…


Keep your private life under wraps at work or risk ruining your professional rep, warns Michelle…

Even if your life isn’t half as dramatic as the girls in Hollyoaks, you’re bound to find yourself in the midst of a mini crisis from time-to-time. Whether it’s man troubles, the appearance of those Facebook pics from that night out, or a major cash-flow nightmare, the temptation to rant about it in the office is often too hard to resist. In one place I worked at recently, they had a space that we dubbed ‘The crying room.’ People would head there when they needed a quiet moment on their own. Rather than bending colleagues’ ears about the latest fall-out with their mum or having a very public meltdown over their cheating boyfriend – keeping their issues under wraps. But is it ever OK to air your problems at the photocopier? And is there such a thing as oversharing at work? We all have different relationships with our colleagues, but as a general rule it’s a good idea to maintain a professional front – one that’s different to how you are with your other mates. I like to have a couple of friends at work who I know I can confide in and trust. But remember, not everyone in the office needs to know everything that’s going on in your life. Here are the golden rules I always stick to…


Try to keep the distance between you and your boss. Focus on showing them your professional side. After all, that’s what they’ll judge you on when it comes promotions and pay rises. Sometimes personal information can even be used against you a reason to dismiss you. The recent case of solicitor Kate Baker is an example. She alleges she was told by her boss to stay single and childless – a claim he firmly denies – and is suing her law firm. Even if your overshare doesn’t end up in dismissal, remember, what your boss doesn’t know about you, they can never use against you. 


Think carefully about talking to freely about trying for a baby or moving house. These are perfectly harmless topics, but you don’t want your boss thinking you’re going to leave and therefore consider replacing you before anything’s even happened. Likewise, your colleagues might be your friends, but they may have their own professional interests in seeing you leave the company or be replaced


Don’t talk openly about your health problems. Keep them private. If it’s a condition or illness that’s going to impact on your work, or you’re likely to need some time off, then you should arrange to speak privately to your boss or a member of HR. 


It might have been cool to moan about your hangover in uni-lectures, but bowling into work bleary-eyed and still slurring is not the way to go for a promotion. Even if your boss is chilled out enough not to reprimand you at the time, it screams slacker. It could also undo good feeling about any hard work you’ve done, as people often remember the negatives over the positives.


Thanks to social networking sites, it’s not just in the office that you need to think carefully about what you’re saying. If your boss gets hold of your inappropriate tweets, you could find yourself in very hot water. Moaning about your company on Facebook could be classed as defamation and sharing a piece of confidential information on the internet may even cost you your job. Anything controversial you’ve said can always be proved by a swift screen grab. And before I go, here are 5 things you should never write on Facebook or Twitter…

– ‘Late to work again, hopefully no one noticed I’m wearing last night’s outfit!’

– ‘Thank goodness Boots have an offer on pregnancy tests #bogof’

– ‘Uh-oh, there’s talk of redundancies and apparently my team’s first for the chop. Send help!’

– ‘So bored, I’ve actually been counting pens in the stationary cupboard all day. Hope no one’s noticed.’

– ‘This new sales launch I’m working on is unbelievably crap – no one in their right mind will ever buy into it.’ 

(Please Note: The information is from the More Magazine article  ‘Don’t become the office oversharer’ by Michelle Dewberry in Issue 11th February 2013, I did not write this!)

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