Wellbeing Wisdom Tiny Bites - The Sharp Knife of a Gossip's Tongue

Do you work with a gossip? At some point nearly everyone will, and while that person is generally very entertaining, they’re also very dangerous.

Maybe you’ve heard the saying, “if someone will gossip TO you, they’ll gossip ABOUT you” and that’s true. While some people gossip to inflict pain, most people gossip because they enjoy the attention it brings them, plus they get a sense of relief that it’s the “other person” who is bad or wrong or stinky, not them.

The negative information they’re spreading serves to factionalize the workplace and poison the atmosphere. If you manage someone who’s a gossip, it’s vital to team cohesion to nip the behavior in the bud. If you work with a gossip, talk to their manager and to HR about the behavior. Either way, the gossip needs to learn the error of their ways and be willing to stop gossiping or they need to be shown the door.

The quickest way to tank team performance is to fail to deal quickly with a gossip.

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