1. Job dissatisfaction.
The chronic complainer is usually a fault finder who says ‘no’ frequently. They usually look like they have sucked on a lemon before work, but no, that’s just their face. Why don’t we have free wifi? How does Sally in accounts make so much money when she literally does nothing? Where is our promotion?
By voicing your dissatisfaction you will instantly be labelled as a negative person, who is not a team player. Bosses are quick to notice people who lower group morale, to be honest, they will probably notice the negative façade before any positive contribution.
2. When you think someone is incompetent.
Sometimes people are the worst. We have all worked with someone who has ‘seen it all, done it all, met everyone and probably came up with the idea for mini iPod – before Steve Jobs stole it’. While their comments might make you laugh, their actions – or lack there of – might annoy the holy bajesus out of you. But chances are, if you know someone is under performing – so do the people in your office who matter. If you are not in a position where you can affect change in the employment ranks, talking about their ineptitude appears as a means for self gratification. It makes you look like you think they are a threat to your progression.
You should instead aim to take on the tough. Conventional wisdom suggests that it’s easier to take the path of least resistance by signing up for an easy job, doing it well, and moving on to something bigger. The problem with that theory is that nobody notices when you do an easy job well. It’s far better to challenge yourself by raising your hand for the toughest assignments and work to solve problems that no one else has been able to solve. That’s how you will indirectly suggest their incompetency.
3. How much money you are making.
There is a girl in our office who pronounces Pho as ‘Fuh’. Each Thursday she trotted off to collect her Fuh – while I sat at my desk and pondered my pronunciation of the $8 Vietnamese soup. Was she extremely well travelled and sophisticated or, a word wanker? Well as the saying goes, curiosity kills the cat so I said to her over a bowl of Pho, “Ill tell you mine if you tell me yours”.
As soon as everyone knows your income, that number becomes a benchmark for your value as an employee. This can work two ways, either your peer will make more money than you and will consider themselves in a higher rank and value to the organisation than you; or, your employee will earn less than you and every task you do will be compared against your income. Income inconsistencies create friction.
*It is pronounced Pho.
4. The bedroom.
Whether you are doing well, or doing badly – sex is a bad conversation choice. You will certainly get interest, friends and some good laughs – but allowing yourself to be positioned so casually can have implications in your work life. Will you be the office entertainment or the next for a promotion?
5. Religious or political comments.
Whether you like to admit it or not, we live in a society where political and religious beliefs are so engrained in us that the ideals of others directly impacts our value of them as a person. While there is the chance that you might have the same core values as another person, there is a more likely chance that you will insult and be judged heavily for your workplace comments.