4 Things Never to Share with HR

Last Updated Oct 30, 2011 4:09 PM EDT

Your human resources team can help you be a better manager, get promoted, and even deal with a lawsuit. But there are a few things that you should never share with HR.

The key is to be mindful: "You need to be sure you are communicating what you want your management to know," says Clinical Professor of Management John Millikin, Ph.D. of the W.P. Carey School of Business.

If you're concerned but still think HR should know something, ask for discretion: "It is up to you to communicate what you want to be kept confidential. Like any relationship, you should build trust slowly," suggests Millikin.

Here are 4 things that experts say HR should never be privy to:

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