Most people spend most of their week in an office or other type of work atmosphere. And almost certainly you’ve heard of some gossip at work, or even participated in gossip at work. Great friendships are created at work when you interact with your colleagues daily. Whether it’s something you seek out or try to avoid, gossip seems to be a part of every workplace.
Career experts almost universally advise people to steer clear of gossip at work if they want to advance in their career. If you work in an office, you’ve probably already figured out that you need to have a good relationship with your co-workers. Along with having friends at work, naturally comes the gossip at work. How can you have good relationships at the office without participating in the gossip at work?
We present a few suggestions.
First, try to keep a positive, friendly attitude and demeanor while working. Negativity, unfortunately is the most powerful gossip at work of all. The supreme leaders in the business world have always been known as positive, forward-looking thinkers who boost up those around them.
The old saying, “What goes around, comes around,” is still right nowadays. If you pass along gossip at work, be prepared to be the brunt of it next time.
Avoid cliques who spend their breaks gossiping about colleagues, especially in a negative way.
If someone comes up and wants to share a secret about someone else at work, or wants to complain about someone and is asking for your help, be sensitive and let them know that it’s unfortunate they feel that way, or show that you’re not interested in listening to the secret they have to share.
This advice always stops gossip at work. What enlightens the listener is sharing something out of the ordinary. It’s so powerful you would be amazed. Consider how the thinking will change if you are subtle when you let the people who gossip realize that their topics are not good for anyone.
Lastly, it’s important to note that no one is perfect, including you. Therefore, when you gossip at work, you’re only really telling people about yourself. Gossip at work should be avoided at all costs and if one understands that, it becomes easier to stop the habit.
By setting an example at work of one who doesn’t participate in gossip, studies show that you will progress in your career faster and will earn more money. You will become a trusted employee who can be counted on by senior management to not only perform the daily responsibilities but also one who can keep a secret.