How Much of Our Personal Lives Should We Share with Co-workers?

What we should always try to remember is that it’s very likely that there will always be a person going through a difficult time at work, regardless of whether or not they show it

Lindsey (Lazarte) Carson

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My Dad died earlier this year and it was honestly the worst thing that’s ever happened to me so far in life.

When he passed away, I was in the midst of getting a promotion at work. Ever since starting this job back in 2018, I had been performing extremely well, improving my numbers each quarter, and never letting any external factors — whether it be at work or in my personal life — get in the way of jeopardizing my job performance. On top of that, I had been gaining favorability with my co-workers along with upper management. Overall, you could say that I was in a very strong position to continue moving up in the company.

However, when my Dad died, I wasn’t sure how long I could continue on with the consistently, strong job performance that I had been maintaining over the years.

At one point, there was a part of me that just wanted to quit. I thought to myself, “Why does all of this even matter when I’m going through one of the worst tragedies I’ve ever faced?”

Despite my troubling thoughts, I persisted.

I took the necessary time off of work for bereavement, didn’t check a single email, and never opened my laptop throughout the whole time that I was off. But, when I got back to work, my mission was to be fully back at work. And that’s exactly what I did.

I sucked it up, I shoved my emotions as far down as I could, and held back my tears at work. I put on a smile, avoided talking about my Dad, and continued to work as if nothing happened. It was “business as usual” as they say.

In fact, I actually worked harder than I ever have in past quarter or even past years and I eventually did get that job promotion just a few months after my Dad died. However, it was certainly no walk in the park. It was tormenting and painful and the worst part was that I had no one at work to really talk to about it.

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Lindsey (Lazarte) Carson

Writer, Runner, and New Mom. I write about work, relationships, culture, and life in general.