Gossip is an informal conversation about other people’s lives that might be unkind, judgmental, and involve details that are not confirmed as being true. It can be entertaining to gossip about others, but no one likes it when they’re the subject of gossip. This could be an act of starting rumours for either one person or a group of people that could be detrimental to their workplace. Rumours are usually created from gossip.


In this section of ‘What to do’ and ‘What not to do’ on gossip, you will see how it can distract employees from work, lower their morale, and wear down their loyalty to the company. If gossip is allowed to go unchecked, it can create beliefs of fear and insecurity where individuals are afraid to speak up or take risks. Gossip can foster a toxic work environment that can lead to damaging trust and productivity. When individuals spread rumors or harmful information about their colleagues, it can lead to disagreements and hurt feelings. Gossip can have a very damaging impact on a workplace, so it’s important to address it to foster a culture of respect, openness, and transparency.

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