4 Ways to Handle Gossip at Work
Address the Instigator
Give the Gossiper a Way to Save Face
Think About It
Gossip is a distraction at work, and can cross the line into harassment. Don’t hesitate to bring in HR if there’s a problem you can’t solve on your own, says Sheila A. Dramis, CEO of Human Resource Partners Inc. and Lowden & Associates. “The majority of employers have an employee handbook that prohibits harassment.” If the gossiper doesn’t stop after your confrontation, it can be considered harassment, she says. Document it and report it.