How to Stop Your Gossip Habbit at Work

October 9, 2014

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Water cooler chatter is often clouded with something a bit juicier — gossip. As humans, it’s hard not to talk about others. But remember this bit of wisdom from Eleanor Roosevelt: “Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people.” When it comes to the workplace, this quote couldn’t hold more true. There’s just not a time or place for gossip. Here are three tips to break your bad habit:

Focus on the work.
Time spent gossiping is time spent away from what you need to do — your work. Before you open your mouth to blab about something inappropriate and unrelated, move the conversation —  or your own thoughts — back to the project at hand. You’ll feel better about yourself and your productivity.

Keep your thoughts to yourself — at first.
You may not believe that a coworker is going to meet that upcoming deadline because of their skill set or their work habits, but that’s not up to you to decide. If you were partnered with them for a project or they were given an assignment over you, let it play out. You might be pleasantly surprised.

Approach coworkers directly — and privately — if something is bothering you.
If someone isn’t delivering on their end, don’t feel like you have to cover yourself by gossiping your suspicions to everyone around you. Approach that person directly and privately first. If the problem doesn’t fix itself post conversation, take the issue to your boss and feel free to discuss the missed deadline or incomplete assignment openly.

 

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