Irrespective of how cool or hip your office environment is, it is still a place that’s all work and no play (or maybe not that much play). The same goes for your boss ,even if he is super friendly and feels like one of the ‘boys’, or even feels like an amazing friend, guess what? They’re still your boss, which means that you should treat them as one. Here are the top five things your boss should never, ever know about you.
1. You are a Party Animal
Sure, you are free to spend your Friday and Saturday nights drunk and at the club or bar or even at home.. But you should never tell your boss about it. Think about it: even if your boss claims they’re actually a super fun person and like to let loose on the weekends, you won’t exactly sound all that professional if you admit you love to party, right? Keep your alcohol obsession on the down low and you’ll be able to win your boss over when you want that raise or promotion. After all, your boss’s biggest nightmare is having an employee that gets super wasted at office events, so that’s a pretty good clue that you shouldn’t appear to be a drunk.
2. Your political preference
It has been said that politics and business don’t mix and for good reasons. Your boss shouldn’t know who you voted for or what your political leanings are. Picture this scenario if you don’t believe me: your boss is a card-carrying member of the PDP and you’re an APC member. You are chatting in the break room at lunch, you’re amazed you’re having a pleasant conversation with your boss, and then you say which political candidate you supported in the last election. If your boss is not open-minded, he is most likely going to give you an extra dirty look and you don’t know what might happen next…trust me, that is never a good thing. So keep politics out of the office.
3. You’re in Debt
Okay, so you’ve managed to get yourself in a big pot of soup because your accounts are in the red, thanks to the car you bought and that beautiful apartment you really could not afford but went out of your way to get all the same; so now the landlord has been asking for his rest and the children’s school fee are long due, your wife’s car just decided to park up and…Hmmmm the list is endless. So somehow, all of that managed to happen to you, the last person that should hear anything about it is your boss. They’re just going to stop respecting you and start thinking that you don’t know what you’re doing at the office, and the last thing you want is for your boss to think you are not capable.
4. You crack under pressure
While some people are super proficient at working under pressure, others are more hesitant when it comes on to taking on stressful and time bound projects. If the latter describes you, guess what? You need to keep that information to yourself and learn to deal with it like the grown-up that you supposedly are. Your boss doesn’t want to know that you hide in the bathroom and cry when they ask you to speak to a client or put you in charge of a hugely important project. So devise a method that works for you and go for it.
5. You want their job
We can all agree on this point; it is not a smart idea to tell your boss how much you want their job, and yet a lot of people think it’s no big deal to tell their superior about their career ambitions. Your boss doesn’t care to know that you want his seat and you’ll be doing yourself a lot of favor by keeping that dream to yourself while you work towards achieving it.
6. You’re searching for another job
Now depending on the type of boss you have, letting him or her know that you’re on the hunt for another job is the kiss of death for your career. Getting a reference letter might prove almost impossible and they might even fire you on the spot. If you want to change jobs, there’s nothing wrong with that, of course, and you probably have a million justifiable reasons. Just keep your job search super secret and only tell your boss once you have landed another position and can give your two weeks’ notice. After all, what if things go horribly wrong and you’re unable to get hired anywhere else? Then at least you have the safety and financial comfort of your current position.
Being on friendly terms with your boss is perhaps one of the best things that can happen to any employee, but that doesn’t mean that they have to know every little thing about you. Heed our advice and your boss will think that you are a truly marvelous employee.6 Secrets You Should Hide From Your Boss by Stellamaris Obomanu