An American survey, filled by 2200 people revealed that sharing personal information at work can be rewarding when colleagues feel they learnt something new through the information shared. Example topics include mental health or illness-related matters.
While, according to Quartz’s article, when revealing ‘more obvious identities’ such as gender or race-related issues the listeners did not feel closer, and the sharers didn’t feel better about themselves as they were perceived to have a ‘heightened pride’. Women are also less likely to feel they can be themselves at work.
Key takeaway is to pay attention on the approach we are sharing certain personal information with our colleagues. If we share our knowledge about a personal issue in a sophisticated manner, it can help with feeling both that we can be ourselves and be accepted at work.
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