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Tips on Playing Powerfully at Work

To help you avoid making mistakes at work that can tank your career, know these things.

You don’t have real friends at work.  Oversharing details about your personal life or venting your opinions about the boss, your colleagues or the company is a no-no.    What you say can be leveraged against you if sentiments change.

HR is not your friend. There is no such thing as telling something to HR “in confidence.” Human Resources protects the company’s best interests, not yours. If you think you are being treated unfairly or discriminated against, schedule a consultation with a lawyer who represents individuals and have them help you strategize how to best approach your situation. Then go to HR and report your concerns.

If the company asks for “honest feedback,” they probably don’t really want it. Companies routinely reward “yes men” who fall in line with what management says it wants. Sometimes feedback is characterized as a confidential process, but more often than not, it isn’t.

If you want to give feedback to the company, get help from an employment lawyer in couching that feedback in a way that touches on critical points of the company culture – and has a chance of being positively received.

Robin Bond

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