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How to Avoid Gossips in the Workplace: A Corporate Culture Necessity

Updated on February 28, 2014
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So what’s the latest scoop on things? Who is doing what with whom? Who got suspended for doing what? Of course the question will depend on where your interests lie. But the truth is workplace gossip is hard to quell much like the flu virus. People know it exist but many simply let it be. However, when it gets out of hand, devastating effects can be expected. Creating a corporate culture that is productive and healthy entails removing any disruptive behavior.

So how do you avoid getting sucked in the gossip circle in your office?

Focus on your job

Here’s a logical way to do it – do your job instead of rumormongering. If you’re focused on your task, you won’t have much time in your hands to waste on the latest scoop in the office. Focus on productive activities rather than something that is destructive.

Know your limits

There’s no need to share intimate details of your latest conquests. Likewise, get your nose off other people’s personal business. There are boundaries set for everyone’s protection. You’ll never know who is listening – you can either be the next topic of the day or worse, you may face sexual harassment charges. In any case, it’s just not worth the risk.

It’s an office, treat it as such

Remember that this is the workplace. There are standards and expectations on how you should conduct yourself. This is a place for work, not for extracurricular activities like gossiping.

Gossip in the office can spread like wildfire.
Gossip in the office can spread like wildfire. | Source

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Don't use technology for gossip

Refrain from using your computer as a tool for rumormongering. Today, you no longer have to be physically present to get the juicy tidbits for the day. Instant messaging, e-mailing and intranet are some of the ways people communicate the freshest news. Please don’t turn these useful technologies into gossip tools that can ruin lives.

Help create a culture of respect

If you want to avoid gossips in the workplace make sure you help create a culture of respect. With this fundamental ingredient in productive and healthy relationships, you encourage less gossip. Corporate culture with respect at its core increases productivity. Moreover, it builds strong and healthy relationships.

Fight the urge

The most important step to avoid gossips in the workplace is to fight the urge. No matter how juicy and irresistible the scoop may be, muster the strength to say no to gossip. You can even go further by encouraging others to follow your lead.

Make no mistake about it gossip will always be present in varying degrees. However, its effects may not be as dreadful when people exercise a little more caution. A healthy workplace is where people can comfortably work with each other. So don’t let the ill-effects of gossip pull your organization down.

Quick Queries

  1. How severe is the office gossip in your workplace?
  2. Do you join in office gossip?
  3. Have you been the focus of an office gossip?
  4. Do you think office gossip is bad?


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      JP Carlos 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Hello abhijeet4800,

      I appreciate your insights on the topic. Creating a positive culture in the office is no easy task. It's a responsibility shared by every employee. Thanks for dropping by.

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      Abhijeet Ganguly 4 years ago from Pune, India

      Gossiping as a whole is a negative subject, however HR personnel require this gossip thing to actually shell out a lot of information about the pulse on the business floor. They still need to verify it though. Indulging is gossip becomes sometimes necessary for investigation of cases. The only thing one should keep in mind is that while gossiping, we should refrain from contributing and adding any information from our side, this way yo can still get information and yet made no comment. However, gossiping is a 2 way activity hence you sometimes might need to shell out a little information to remain an active participant of the group. Great article and voted up.

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      JP Carlos 5 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Hello Nate,

      When employees focus on their jobs, they have little time to do useless activities - gossip included. But as you may know, gossip will always find a way.

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      Nate Penn 5 years ago

      Focus on your job. Amen to that!

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      JP Carlos 5 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Hi there Razia Asad. It's unfortunate that you have to experience this first hand. Gossip in the workplace does put strain in employee relationships. Moreover, it pulls down productivity.

      thank yo for dropping by and sharing your experiences.

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      Razia Asad 5 years ago from Tripoli , Libya

      This Hub immediately caught my attention as I have recently been caught up in a similar situation at my office. I wish to take a print out of this and hang it somewhere in the office where all employees can read it....Gossiping is something that should be definitely avoided in places of work,,,this would save us and others from a lot of trouble and help in maintaining the peaceful atmosphere .........quite interesting and teaches a lot...thank you..:)