Say No to Workplace Gossip
We know we shouldn’t talk about people behind their backs. However, sometimes we can’t help but gossip on a celebrity’s choice of outfit or on an acquaintance’s relationship problems. Whether we realize it or not, research says we find putting others down comforting, and even a little enjoyable as doing so gives us a confidence boost.
Science now also says emotions are contagious. They spread from person to person when they are close enough to each other, much like the common cold. This is why I’ve made a golden rule in all my companies, organizations, teams, and even in my own family – never, ever spread gossip!
Gossip fuels negativity. I refuse to get dragged down by negative energy as it merely leads to more problems in life. The same thing is true in business, which is why I dislike my employees’ work environments to be plagued by gossip.
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Gossip Hurts Feelings and Affects Credibility
Not everyone takes things sportingly, which is why spreading gossip can hurt the feelings of those concerned. It could end up turning into something that can tarnish the reputation of the person who is the target of the gossip, as well as the person circulating it. Even if people seem enthusiastic about hearing rumors, they’ll naturally be cautious around those with a knack for spreading them.
Gossip Destroys Trust
If private conversations become the subject of workplace gossip, it can cause co-workers to lose trust in each other. When employees are the subject of workplace gossip, it can also negatively affect their morale. For instance, if an employee finds out that their co-worker has been disseminating details that were shared in confidence, they’ll feel betrayed. They will not likely confide in the same co-worker in the future.
Gossip Hinders Teamwork
When someone becomes the subject of workplace gossip, it creates a toxic working environment with a lack of unity. An employee who is too focused on rumors may not be able to focus on work, and ultimately, productivity suffers.
It’s essential to create a team of employees who focus on positively conducting themselves. We should all be encouraging other team members to think and collaborate freely, focus on personal development, and stay proactive regarding how to apply newly learned skills to their roles in the company. Only then will you absolutely have better results in every area of your company, including workflow, productivity, loyalty, job satisfaction, growth, and revenue.
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For all of these reasons, I suggest you take the following actions to minimize workplace gossip:
- Have a no-gossip policy
- Educate employees on positive living through books and seminars
- Teach employees to set goals and visualize them
- Implement strategies to avoid negativity
- Encourage interaction with only positive emotions
Don’t allow gossip to seep into your organization. It will breed negativity and bad energy. Surround yourself with positively driven people who will lift you and believe in you.
About Andres Pira – Philanthropist, Real Estate Tycoon, Author, Speaker, and Global Citizen, Andres Pira enjoys living in Thailand where his journey began from Homeless to Billionaire.
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