Let’s be honest, everyone will agree that gossiping is one of the most satisfying behaviors to alleviate frustrations at work, but let’s also face it that our gossiping could defame people—aggravating the situation. A recent article, 6 Reasons Why Employee Gossiping Harms A Company Culture by Walker Chrisman believes that it feels good when someone shares your sentiments about a colleague who may have hurt your feelings or your pride. We gossip to justify ourselves by making other people look bad. The funny thing is, it usually doesn’t work too well, and we become more upset and more hooked to gossip.
Here are some reasons why we should really refrain from gossiping.
Gossiping is an escape.
Gossiping makes you believe you don’t have to deal with the real issue anymore because you’ve talked about it to people not involved.
The people you gossip about are defenseless.
People have utterly no chance to defend themselves if we vent about things behind their back. Perhaps they actually did something wrong, but perhaps they didn’t know. Talking to the person directly can sometimes clear up miscommunication.
It ruins relationship.
When you gossip about certain employee’s work ethic or something they did, you are changing other employee’s perspective. Maybe they were good friends and worked really well together, but you messed it up by telling a terrible story.
It can have negative consequences..
The person you were gossiping to could be a friend of the person you’re gossiping about. If this happens, you’re in trouble. That person is going to tell the other person what you said and they may exaggerate it, and even twist your words to appear you are the bad guy and they were doing all they could to protect their poor co-worker.
Honesty and boldness foster a culture of trust and loyalty. Avoid gossip, if someone makes a mistake, go talk to them and come up with a solution between the two of you without involving anyone else. An awesome workplace illuminates good vibes also. YourOffice offers you a wide choice of office and workspace solutions: flexible office space, team office space and virtual office packages. You’ll have access to a complete array of office support and concierge services as well as state-of-the-art business technology.
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