Name something you can discuss with co-workers without the potential for conflict. Sports? Nope. Religion? Absolutely not. Health? Too touchy. Politics? We won’t even go there. So how do you navigate all those landmines and awkward conversational topics with grace and good humor?
Well it depends—and it’s also likely that as much as you want to avoid those conversations, you’re not going to be able to. That’s because most people overshare at work—it’s almost as if we have a culture of oversharing. And while many are diplomatic, many are not. That tension can affect your relationships at work and your ability to collaborate, too.
So again, what to do? Well for starters, use the rules that have been established by your company. If you feel a conversation is headed down a potentially fraught path, you can shut down your part of it.
What else to do? This graphic is a good place to start.