From the “water-cooler gossip” of the past to the inter-office emails of the present, whispers and rumours amongst colleagues at work is nothing new. But what triggers our need to add fuel to the fire? And why is it so hard to stop? Read on as we explore 10 reasons you can’t stop gossiping at work.
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No sense of professional boundaries
Understand that the workplace environment, while socially engaging to some degree, is not a place for full-disclosure and gossip, no matter how harmless it may seem to you. The boundaries between yourself and your colleagues may not be visible, but they do exist and if you push them, you may not like the consequences.
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Unresolved issues with co-workers
When faced with inter-office conflicts, resist the urge to vent to other colleagues about the situation. Instead, make an effort to resolve issues in a professional manner with the person directly involved. If that fails, speak to your manager privately and explain the situation. No one wins when a small issue becomes office fodder.
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Like any other bad habit, breaking it requires that you first develop an awareness of it. Whenever you find a conversation at work begins to steer toward gossip, train yourself to either change the conversation or politely disengage altogether. You cannot singlehandedly put a stop to all gossip, but you can refuse to partake in it.
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While people tend to feed into the lure of “juicy gossip” in the moment; ultimately, this kind of communication will raise red flags with those around you and may affect your coworkers’ ability to trust or feel confident in your abilities as a professional colleague.
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Inexperience with office etiquette
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Subconsciously bringing personal issues to work
To ensure you keep your personal matters out of the workplace, keep a healthy social life in check: schedule “vent sessions” with close friends, keep up with off-duty hobbies that ground you mentally and challenge you physically and never assume your problems are beyond a visit to a therapist.
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Lack of focus
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