Office gossip is everywhere. I should know. I've worked everywhere. I've worked in government, corrections, the court system, retail, restaurants, coffee shops, big box, small time, boutique, high end, low end, and everything in between. Absolutely every single work establishment has the office gossip.
You know, that person that everyone knows you can't say anything around or else it will get twisted into something that was never said in the first place and spread around the office like a child's game of telephone?
I really like my job. I do. And, I've not been there long enough to find too much wrong with it. However, it's become obvious to everyone that there's a bit of a gossip issue with another new associate who was hired by her good friend, our assistant manager. Not to get too personal or too job-related, but it creates a unique dichotomy when you have to tiptoe through your day. You can be open and honest with some, but you have to become guarded around others.
Furthermore, gossip is so very dangerous in an office environment. Especially in 2010. It's an employer's market, and given the economy these days gossip can effectively end your employment. Once it's over, that gossip can have you out in that job market for weeks, months, even years. What is it about gossip that is so appealing?
I get that it makes us feel powerful, knowing something about others they'd rather everyone not know. We can use that information however we'd like. There's also the factor that gossip allows us to feel better about ourselves for a time. We can focus on the issues of others instead of our own. Except, none of this should matter at work. You really shouldn't be bringing your personal crap to work in the first place. I get that's not truly possible, but you see my point. Hopefully...
How do YOU deal with office gossip? Are you now - or have you ever been - the office gossip? Comment, tweet, or email your response to IncitingARiotPodcast@gmail.com.
Love and Lyte,