What’s your comfort level with personal disclosure at work? Do you lean more private or more public? Is sharing caring? Or is sharing TMI? When does a lack of sharing become a problem and when is oversharing, well, just too much? In this week’s episode, Mary Abbajay and Chris De Santis answer listeners’ questions about how to navigate the private-public continuum.
There’s a fine line between transparency—which can build trust—and oversharing which can diminish trust.
Close the Open Book in Chelsea has an employee who clearly overshares. This employee feels the need to bring everyone up to speed on his private life – including clients. He shares his opinions, his family dramas, his personal struggles, his health issues, you name it, there are no boundaries and no limitations on what or to whom he shares. What can the manager do to curb this employee’s TMI tendencies?
All’s Quiet on the Home Front in Raleigh is struggling to get noticed by her design firm colleagues. Her boss tells her that in order to get better projects, she needs to make herself “known” to others at the firm. As a self-described introvert—how can this listener begin building better relationships and letting others get to know her?
You Can Take Me Out of Iowa, but Can You Take the Iowa Out of Me just got her dream job at a fancy New York City advertising agency. While she is thrilled and excited, she can’t help but feel that being a “country-come-to-town” girl might not be the best image. How does she make a good impression while still being authentic?
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