Tips to Avoid Gossiping at Work

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Tips to Avoid Gossiping at Work

By Team iDiva

Rumour mills run at every office. But you can choose to be part of them or stay away. If your co-workers love steamy gossip, indulging in them can adversely affect your career. “Gossip at work slows down the efficiency rate of employees. Nasty rumours can also destroy a person’s character and career,” says Swati Adani, who owns a brokerage firm.

Run away
Gossiping may seem like a lot of fun but Swati says it is best to refrain from it. “Most employees gossip over lunch or coffee breaks,” she says. The best way to avoid gossip is by ensuring that you’re not a part of a group that does.

Change the topic
“Sometimes it gets real difficult to avoid these sessions completely,” complains Sonal Kumar, a 28-year-old copywriter. In this case, when the rumours begin; stir the conversation to general topics, like talking about a movie you saw on the weekend etc. “You can add positively to a conversation instead of adding fuel to some rumour,” advises Sonal.

The tough ‘C’
If nothing else works, confront your colleagues. This is an aggressive approach, but works in curtailing unnecessary gossip. Just make sure to be real nice while explaining things to gossip mongers. After all, you want to be in their good books!

Learn to discern
If you don’t want to be rude or can’t tell a co-worker to shut up, hear them out but don’t believe everything you hear. Take it with a pinch of salt. Rumours often exaggerate the truth and you should not let them affect your equation with your colleagues.

The corporate grapevine
Don’t use the grapevine to your advantage. “You may hear a lot of personal information about your colleagues through the rumour mills but using it to move up the ladder is a low trick,” says Sheetal Bhalla, a 27-year-old HR professional.

Keep it to yourself
Others may be terrible at keeping secrets, but you should not follow their footsteps. So when a co-worker confides in you, keep it to yourself. You never know how one slip up from you can destroy someone’s reputation.

Don’t risk it
You never know who is listening when you are part of a group that gossips. Your boss or the person who you are gossiping about may be around. People always look down on those who gossip, so getting caught will hamper your career.

Finally, remember a person who gossips with you can also gossip about you. Plus, you may be great at keeping a secret but not everyone else is!

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