It’s often said that honesty is the best policy. But, being
yourself at work may not be a good idea if you want to further
your career, scientists say. Researchers at the University of
Greenwich in London found that people who show their “true
shelves” at workplace tend to be less happy than those who
While revealing your true character to friends is likely to
make you happier, doing so at the office is not a recipe for
promotion, they said.
Lead study researcher Oliver Robinson said, “You hear
self-help gurus say that the secret of happiness is ‘being
yourself ’ or ‘expressing your true feelings’, but that doesn’t
apply in the workplace.”
“So in some circumstances, it may be that a polite smile or
tactfully keeping quiet may be more conducive to your well-being
than saying what you actually think and feel to work
colleagues,” he said.
The team assessed levels of “authentic self expression” in
more than 500 volunteers to see how far they opened up to people
they interacted with.
The results showed people were more likely to “be
themselves” with partners, followed by friends and then parents.
They were much less likely to show their true self to work