Three Reasons Talking About Your New Baby At Work Is Bad For Your Career
Talking About Your Baby Too Much Can Hurt Your Personal Brand
As a new mom, you’re fighting so many stereotypes. There are those perceptions out there about ‘mommy brain’ and there are people that believe you’ll be less committed to work because you have a baby. Sure, your priorities have changed but you are still career-minded and pretty excited to get back to using your brain for something beyond figuring out how to eat while breastfeeding. There’s so much baggage that comes along with becoming a working mom. I’m not saying that this is right. I am saying that this is something we need to be aware of and manage accordingly.
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What you talk about at work sends a signal about what’s on your mind during the day. So it definitely shouldn't be all baby, all the time...
I want you to protect your professional career. Acknowledging that every single thing you say and do at work sends a message about your value and commitment is really key to this.
Here are three more solid reasons you should limit how much you talk about your new baby at the office.
1] Talking About Baby Too Much Can Hurt Your Professional Brand
You want to avoid those negative mommy connotations. One surefire way to get branded a ‘mommy’ at the office is to talk about the baby non-stop. I’m not saying to avoid talking about baby all the time. Just be aware of how you’re bringing up something baby related.
Too much talk about baby might have folks judging your level of commitment to your professional career and your ambitious. I know, I know. Don’t shoot the messenger here. This isn’t right, but it is most definitely real.
2] Talking About Baby Too Much Can Make You Seem Disinterested in Work
As a professional woman who’s got a lot of worth and knowledge to bring, you want to make sure that you’re engaging in discussions with your manager and colleagues in professional and productive ways. By remaining aware of and in control of how much you talk about baby, you’re leaving yourself the time and space to be seen as the ambitious professional that you are.
This one ties directly into those impacts I discussed to your professional brand. Try not to use the baby as a topic of conversation in idle office chit chat. I recommend setting a boundary here to protect yourself and your career.
3] People Will Probably Talk (and complain) About You
You don’t want to be that person everyone at work is talking about, right? By keeping a limit on the amount of time you spend talking about your baby, or other parts of your professional life, you’re setting a pretty great boundary. This boundary keeps your personal life out of the office and makes you less interesting to gossip about.
The bottom line is what you talk about when you’re at work sends a definite signal about what’s on your mind during the day. This shouldn’t be all baby, all the time. I don’t want to pick on babies here. This same lesson can be applied to any other life event that is all consuming like getting married, for example.
I want you to protect your professional career. Acknowledging that every single thing you say and do at work sends a message about your commitment is key to managing how you’re perceived.
When it comes to answering the question ‘how much is too much baby talk?” This is really something you need to determine. Maybe there are some colleagues who enjoy sharing baby stories and maybe others seem disinterested. No matter the case, be aware of social cues and take it from there.