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Don't share too much information at work

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"Television loves to portray the office water cooler as the center of all gossip and behind-your-back conversations," says Marcia. "But these days, it's not so much how others talk about you that can damage your reputation, it's often how you talk about yourself that can harm your good name.

Whether it's in person or online, a growing number of people are openly sharing all the details of their latest exploits. These folks are giving out too much information, or TMI.

"When you're in the habit of spilling all your beans at work, you run a real risk of making your co-workers feel awkward. If you are graphic and too personal, the listener forms a poor opinion of you. And if it's your boss, they may question your judgment," Marcia explains.

Always keep in mind that what you tell someone in private at work most likely will not stay private.

"And remember, once you open your mouth with TMI, you can never take it back. It sticks to you like white on rice," says Marcia. "A word to the wise my friend, when you feel like sharing, zip it and then count to ten."

For those of you who work with a TMI offender, ask your HR department or boss to have a chat with them. And when you hear something that's offensive, maybe it's time to clear the air by humorously shouting, "TMI!" and covering your ears. A gentle prod may be the very reminder your officemate needs to shut it down.

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