How to Stop Workplace Gossip

Yesterday, we gave you three reasons why you should prevent gossiping in the workplace. As we mentioned, gossiping can cause a lot of trouble in the workplace, especially when it comes to employee dissatisfaction. In turn, you may find yourself in a situation where productivity slows and turnover is high, which is definitely a bad combination to have. 

As a leader, whether of a team or a whole company, it is your job to keep the peace and make sure everyone is able to work in a happy and stress-free environment. So today, we’re going to give you three ways to prevent workplace gossip. Take a look below:

Nip it in the bud early. If possible, try your best to avert a crisis before it even has a chance to bubble up. This requires you to keep an eye on those who you believe to be or know are the gossipers. If you catch them in the act, it is best to set them aside and explain to them the negative impact their comments have on the work environment. We’re not saying you need to hover over everyone’s shoulder, but a little diligence on your part can do a lot to help stop any gossip and hopefully avoid a serious crisis.

Communicate regularly. Gossip often starts when the imaginative minds of certain employees start to wander a bit. One way to prevent this is by making sure everyone is “in-the-know” about anything big going on. Transparency helps to curb the issue because it doesn’t allow them room to speculate–making things much easier on you.

Avoid it yourself. Most importantly, avoid falling prey to gossiping yourself. As a leader, you are the best person for setting an example of how you want your employees to act—so take advantage of this and use it stop those gossipers.

Gossiping happens a lot more often than we think, and sometimes you’ll find yourself simply slipping up and saying whatever is on our mind about someone else.

In instances like these, it is important to check your tone as well the content of what your saying, because there is a fine line between what can be construed as negative gossip and constructive criticism. We think the best approach is to consider how you might take what you say; if you think you’d be offended, then chances are, whoever you are talking about probably would be, too.

Gossiping can be dangerous, affecting the way we work and our desire to work. And while not everyone is looking to gab away in the break room about someone else, it only takes one to cause trouble.

It’s important that leaders do their best to set an example for their team and make sure gossiping is at a minimum, and if possible, gone altogether. It may seem harmless, but gossip can do terrible things for workplace culture–so do your best to stop it before it ever becomes a problem.