5 Things Terrible Coworkers Say
Black Enterprise Magazine September/October 2018 Issue

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Getting along in a workplace environment can be a challenge for some. From misunderstandings to inappropriate communication, coworkers can run into trouble when the wrong things are said and done.

Brazen Careerist details five things coworkers should never say. Heed to these tips to avoid a toxic environment:

“So, when will you be moving in together/buying a house/having a second baby?”

Warmly congratulate coworkers on their personal milestones. But while you show interest, be careful with your follow-up questions. Don’t probe. No matter how friendly your intentions may be, if they aren’t welcome, they’ll come off as judgmental and nosy.

2. “That’s nothing. My story is much worse…”

Don’t be a “topper,” especially not at work. If someone shares the details of a liver surgery or a nephew’s car accident, just listen. Show interest with questions that respect the established level of disclosure.

If you feel your own story might help her or shed light on their situation, feel free to tell it. But if you’re just trying to keep the attention focused on yourself, don’t.

Read more at Brazen Careerist…

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Janell Hazelwood

Janell Hazelwood is associate managing editor at Black Enterprise, managing content across core areas of Money, Career, Small Business and Technology. She is also a featured blogger with My Two Cents, providing insights on branding, millennial career development, employment trends and leadership. She was previously a content producer and copy editor for Black Enterprise magazine, working across several editorial sections. The Hampton University graduate got her start in the newspaper industry, having worked for companies including The New York Times and Scripps Howard News Service. Her works and insights have appeared on The Huffington Post, MadameNoire, E!Online, Brazen Careerist, CBS News, and Arise TV.

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