It’s entirely up to you on how much personal information you like to share with the people you work with, but there are a few things to keep in mind if you choose to keep your gluten intolerance a secret. If your boss likes to throw surprise parties and buys you a birthday cake with your name drawn on the top in colorful frosting, you’ll have to explain why you can’t have any. This is obviously a potentially embarrassing situation.
A similar uncomfortable scenario could result when your boss or a coworker brings you a holiday gift of gluten-filled goodies and you won’t be able to comment on how delicious the gift was because of course you weren’t able to eat them. Or the nice coworker who comes to you and says “I brought you a chocolate chip muffin from the coffee shop downstairs . . .” or the boss who orders a pizza lunch for the group, either way you will have some explaining to do.
Situations such as these will eventually present themselves in the workplace. The best advice is to be open and honest as soon as possible with as many people as you think is necessary, particularly the boss and close staff. This will help you avoid some potentially embarrassing situations in the future. Plus, by sharing the information with them, they may even go out of their way to surprise you with a gluten-free cake for your birthday! It’s in your best interest to make sure there are at least a few crucial people at work who know about your intolerance.