5 Things You Should Never Share with HR

It is important to keep certain information to yourself in the workplace. No matter how competent your HR team may be, there is some information your HR team doesn’t need to know. Here are five things you do not need to share with your HR dept.

Your personal or financial issues

Your personal or home life is not HR business. HR is tasked with making sure your work life functions well. Whether you are having personal, debt or financial issues, it is better not to share these with HR.

HR wants stable performers and in every way you should make them realize you are giving everything to doing your job. Bringing up issues that reveal any insecurity will be a cause for concern. Try and make sure you are cautious when discussing aspects of your life that are causing you tension.

What you lied about when getting the job

It is important that you speak the truth when you interview for a job. Companies tend to be consistent in their practices. If you are working with a company that doesn’t tolerate dishonesty you may need to find yourself another job rather than confess your guilt.

Even if you are valuable to the company, telling the HR what you did during the hiring and interviewing process won’t help your case at all.

You are making extra money from your second job

By saying this you bring attention to yourself. When you say this your commitment and loyalty to the company will be questioned. A good HR team will probe why you have a secret second job. They may be concerned that your job with them doesn’t pay enough or you have financial challenges.

You have medical issues that will cause disruption to your work

This statement would unsettle your employer. Certain details about your medical condition should be private. Your employer is concerned about his business and your absence would affect his workplace. You don’t need to put your employer on the edge. By telling HR of your medical issues, you would only be pushing HR to start working towards filling your gap.

If you are ever going to leave a company because of medical issues, make sure you have notified the company weeks or months in advance so that there will be a smooth transition to your time of absence.

How much you loved your time off

If you are returning from paternity or maternity leave, it is better not to offer too much detail about how great the leave was to HR. The most important thing is that you are back and that you have integrated back in. It is okay to show appreciation for the leave but discussing extensively about it means you are dwelling on the past. It is not relevant. What is relevant is your return and your current work.

What you divulge to the HR team can either swing in your favour or go severely against you; be careful with what information you decide to give out! I hope these tips will help you out in the workplace.


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