A relaxed work atmosphere may inspire creativity, but does this environment foster respect? Some lessons you have to learn the hard way. Don’t let the conversation with the boss bring your career to a halt.
- Don’t gossip. It doesn’t matter how big the company is or if you are only talking with "friends", stop the water cooler talk. What you say will always be taken out of context and come back to haunt you in this job or the next. Remember, you never know who will be your next boss. Also, be careful of your digital identity. Don’t vent about your boss online in your blog. Save it for your journal or confession.
- Don’t become personally involved. Set boundaries. An occasional drink with the team after completing a milestone is OK, but don’t make it a habit. Leave the drama at home. This means physically, verbally and digitally. A conversation with your best friend over the phone discussing your previous night’s adventures is not what your boss needs to overhear.
- Don’t tattle. Settle disputes amongst one another and take responsibility. Be the bigger person. Your boss is managing so many relationships, does she have to manage yours?
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