April 4th, 2014 | Posted in Personal Development, Stress Management, Team Building by

6859dabb458a8264462b9aab89c94b69We could change the entire American workplace by giving up one thing – GOSSIP. Gossip destroys workplace morale faster than anything. Yet the reason it continues to exist is that we love it. Now we don’t ‘admit’ we love it but most of us do – at least a little bit. The problem with gossip is that in the moment it feels good – it’s like a drug. The down side is later on it feels awful – like coming off a high.

The definition of gossip is: casual or unconstrained conversation or reports about other people, typically involving details that are not confirmed as being true. 

When we engage in gossip, we’re having conversations about other people that may or may not be true. We can be spreading rumors or lies, we can hurt someone’s reputation and/or we can set ourselves up to be the next subject of the gossip train. The bottom line is that gossip hurts people and builds negative cultures. Whether it is at home or at work – gossip tears down.

I do not want to tear others down. I don’t want to be the one who spreads untruths about others. And I surely do not want to be the one other people talk about. I have committed – and recommitted  – many times to being gossip free. I do well for a season and then it creeps back in. I don’t consciously choose to fall off the wagon – it just happens.  Or I let it happen – just once. And then later one I feel horrible. It is not who I want to be. I hate gossip. I can not control what others say about me but I can control what I say about others.

Today once again I am choosing to be gossip free – will you join me?

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