What's your opinion?
You're at work when someone asks you about your opinion on an issue. Do you immediately provide them with your professional opinion or your personal opinion? There is a huge difference between the two.
Before you give your answer, let's take a closer look at this simple question. First of all, you must keep in mind the reason why you were hired. You were probably hired, based on your credentials, work history, expertise and job knowledge. Therefore, I'd be willing to bet that when asked that simple question, your manager, peers and colleagues expect to obtain your professional opinion and not your personal opinion when soliciting your feedback or input from you.
Another thing to keep in mind is that employers hire professionals ; therefore, they are not interested in anything doesn't foster a professional working environment, including your personal opinion. So it will be prudent to make your standard response to that question a professional one. When that question is asked, it's best to dig deep into your toolbox to provide your best response, based on research, statistics, job experience, academics and benchmarking opportunities.
Your career & professional reputation will greatly increase and your efforts will not go unoticed. Just remember to keep your personal opinion at home where it belongs. PM