Friday, December 28, 2012

The Office Cancer and Business Killer

A surefire way to hinder your business is the age old office cancer: gossip.  I know, there is a whole industry built on gossip with shows like TMZ and websites like Deadspin and so many Americans are absolutely fascinated with it..... but  as long as it's Lindsey Lohan and not them.

I have a client who has a great grasp on this. In his office, gossip is a fireable offense.  His employees are under strict orders to never spread gossip or else they're out the door.  That's the right approach.

On the other hand, I used to work in an office where the office manager began each day with a trip around the office, gathering the latest gossip about employees, and then spending the rest of the day repeating it with glee to management and other office workers.  It destroyed morale, and actually led to several good employees leaving.  Sadly, it also led the some good employees being fired after management believed the gossip, which many times turned out to be false, or greatly exaggerated.

There's a reason one of the ten commandments is against "bearing false witness" and certainly gossip falls into that category. So the next time someone tries to dish the latest gossip to you about a co-worker or friend, if you don't have the guts to tell them to stop it, at least turn a deaf ear, and let it stop with you.

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