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There is tendency that we discuss about the boss' recent decision or complain to a colleague about a situation X or to determine the next employee who will be promoted. Gossiping is not really a bad thing if it is something positive such as pregnancy or marriage. But some gossip could be toxic.

When the conversation in the cafeteria becomes negative, and is meant to disparage or celebrate another person’s misfortune, it is toxic. If it distorts reality or if the remarks are incendiary, it is toxic. If you did not dare to make that statement before the principal, it is probably toxic.

Gossiping could have grave consequences in a workplace and on the affected person. In many cases gossip may even be a form of harassment or intimidation.

Why do people peddle?

  • Because they want to belong to the group

  • Superiority complex

  • Due to boredom

  • Due to anger

But the most important thing is how to stop gossiping at work?

1. Stop spreading rumors

If you hear or read any report, do not share it or comment.

2. Be reserved

Keep your private life private. Do not share personal information with your colleagues.

3. Carefully choose your friends

We spend a lot of time at work so it's normal that we share some personal information in the office. Before confiding in a colleague, make sure he is trustworthy. If a colleague gives you personal information, treated there with tremendous care.

If you feel that some gossip goes beyond moral limits and becomes harassment, report the situation to a manager or human resources department.


Sanon Consulting offers human resources outsourcing service that includes, among other things, support in dealing with complaints of psychological harassment. For more information

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