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My husband's having an affair. My kid’s in jail. I’ve got another UTI. Sharing too much personal information at work to co-workers and bosses can be counterproductive. Personal issues such as family problems, life-changing situations, emotional difficulties, illness, and one's sexual life can impact your job and ultimately your ability to advance your career.

Most experts advise women to keep their private lives separate from their work life, as inevitably one may begin to run into the other. It is critical to learn how to keep personal issues from negatively affecting your job and career. [I]

It is well documented that women “tell their hearts out” to everyone at work. No one wants to hear about your problems. Also, if you need to take a day off from work for a family emergency spare your boss the details. Just ask for the day off.

Rhonda, an accountant complained that several of her co-workers, all women, have no restraint when it comes to talking about their kid’s or husband’s problems at work. “Most people seem genuinely interested,” she admitted, “but later when something goes wrong with their assignment or work product or if they call in sick, people think it’s due to family conflicts and problems at home.” Be cool at work; share your problems, if you must, with a trusted co-worker who cares.

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[i] McKay Rosenberg, D. (2019). How to deal with personal issues at work. Retrieved from

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