How to Resist Participating in Office Gossip

megaphonePsssst. Over here. Wait ’til you get a load of this one…did you hear what happened after the group’s crazy happy hour last week?

STOP. Do not pass go, do not collect $200. This is where it ends, my friend.

Or rather, where it should end. Sometimes you can see the office gossip train coming from a colleague a mile away, other times it’s much more subtle. The thing is, how it approaches doesn’t really matter. What does matter is how you react to it.

The subject is tackled in The New York Post and Greg Giangrande, human resources executive in the media industry, says a reader is “absolutely right” in an attempt to resist to peer pressure.

Once you’re the unofficial office gossip, you’re credibility could be undermined. Plus, the more gossip-oriented an organization becomes, the more detrimental it becomes, too.

In the piece he writes:

“The reality is, we’re human, so it’s difficult to flip the switch when it comes to work. But there is a difference between a discreet conversation with a trusted colleague and friend over a drink, and spreading the word to anyone who will listen around the proverbial water cooler.”

The best solution? Just walk away and begin thinking what people are saying about you behind your own back. Do you really want to partake in this?

He adds, “At least show some discretion, and save it for happy hour with your close circle.” Word.

Publish date: October 13, 2014 © 2020 Adweek, LLC. - All Rights Reserved and NOT FOR REPRINT