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How to Avoid Gossip and Stay Popular

How to Avoid Gossip and Stay Popular

Nealeigh Mitchell | Excelle

Gossip is and will always be a part of the work environment. Whether it’s during a quick chat over a morning cup of coffee or a marathon session at happy hour, we’ve all started or repeated a rumor about someone in their absence.

In fact, employees gossip up to sixty-five hours a year at work, according to a July 2002 survey by Equisys. That’s a lot of time wasted around the water cooler.

Counterproductive gossip and its contagious effects drain people’s time and energy, destroy morale, and stifle creativity.

Unfortunately, the rise of social media and interoffice technology is making it easier to start a rumor. You don’t even need to rally an audience. A harmless IM can spread around the office like wildfire and have serious consequences. But it’s not always so innocent. Some people plant rumors just to sully someone’s reputation and get ahead.

So what are you to do? Can you get ahead without joining the conversation? Is it so wrong to want to feel included, even if it comes at another’s expense? Besides, if it’s not her, it could be me, right? Wrong. You can survive and thrive without maligning relationships and alienating others.

Here’s how to deal with gossip without crippling your career.

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  • Greceaaaa2_max50


    almost 3 years ago


    Nice meeting you here, how are you today i will want us to be friends contact me here with my e-mail address ( ) because i have a special reason why have contacted you so that i can send you my photos and also tell you more about myself here is my e-mail address( ) you can also drop me your email mail address i am waiting to get a reply from you remember that co-lour, language or age and distance does not matter but understand matters
    Yours New Friend
    Miss Grace

  • Yvonne_p_sanders3_max50


    about 4 years ago


    You know, one of the 1st things I noticed was that all the people in the picture were Asian, and I thought that was not right. I am a white, middle-aged woman, and believe me, people gossip in the office, no matter what their race or sex is! Next time you fell the need to "represent your diverse user base", try to include a mix of races and both male and female...because men gossip, too, Laur!!!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    why was it a bad call on to post a picture of all asian people? i don't think it's strange at all. asians are a part of the work force too. if it were a group of white people gossiping do you think that someone would be equally offended? in your attempt to be politically correct, you are in fact admitting that you are being racist and implying the notion that asian women gossip a lot. should it have been a picture of gossiping animals instead?

  • Light_pink_orchid_cymbidium_500_max50


    over 4 years ago


    Thanks everyone for your comments! Stewartpp08 — This photo choice was simply in the interest of representing our diverse user base (you'll notice the variety of ethnic groups portrayed all across the site). There were no undertones whatsoever.

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    So, this probably wasn't on purpose by monster but bad call on the picture of all Asian people for the column about gossip. . .strange?????

  • Istock_000008107141xsmall_max50


    over 4 years ago


    McKenna -- this is a site for women, right? So wouldn't the reader most likely be female?

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 4 years ago


    Why, under "If you're the gossip" does it refer to "water-cooler girl" as the gossip. I know more men that talk crap about women than women do about each other.

    Shame on the author.

  • Photo_user_blank_big

    Account Removed

    over 4 years ago

    I don't want to be "popular" at work. I want to be respected and liked, but popular puts the "Mean Girls" spin on it.

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