(stay on the sidelines of office gossip)
We all make them at some point in our careers. Mistakes. Some are small and some are whoppers. Most can be overcome with a sincere apology. But for those that might cost a job, Enterprises TV offers a few tips on how to avoid the three biggest mistakes at work.
Keep social media accounts private. If this is not possible, like on Twitter, avoid posting anything negative about anyone you work with or have worked with on public forums. The same rule applies to former employers. Assume that the world can see everything posted online.
Know what the office culture is and embrace it. It is one thing to be a star performer. It is another to be the star performer and ignore the office environment and culture. We are hired in part because we are a good fit not just to the job but to the office culture. Become the misfit and maybe one will be out the door before they know it.
Skirt the sidelines of office politics. The Enterprises TV show realizes that no one can really avoid the personalities, agendas and conflicts that inevitably arise in an office setting. Try to stay on the sidelines of it instead of indulging in them. Steadfastly refuse to partake in office gossip. Sometimes we have to listen to others kvetch. But it’s better to listen and hear and not respond.
Mistakes can be significant enough to cause one to lose a job. Make a concentrated effort to not engage in any type of gossip whether it is online or in the office. If the work culture is not suitable, take steps to find a new job soon.