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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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