How to Handle Office Gossip

There are few if any offices where there isn’t some level of gossip mongering. While there is little that can be done to totally eliminate office gossip, it can be contained.

Controlling office gossip first of all calls for open communication between management and staff. In some instances, gossip results from workers feeling that management is not being open about issues.

Other methods of controlling gossip in the office include ignoring the troublemakers who are known gossips. Avoiding those who like to share office gossip may not be easy but it can be done. Ignoring them works because listening empowers gossipers.

When you avoid the company of gossipers, you help to control office rumor. Some ways to avoid office gossip and nip it in the bud are:

  • Change the topic of the conversation: You can do this by politely saying that you do not want to have that discussion.
  • Walk away: if someone starts gossiping try to walk away. This will indicate that you have no interest in what they are saying. You can also excuse yourself by stating that you are busy and need to complete a task.

In many instances, co-workers who are constantly gossiping do so because of serious ego issues.

Office gossip can be used to some advantage. Good managers will sometimes use the office grapevine to know what workers are thinking or saying about certain issues. The information garnered can be used to implement positive changes.


  • By Sarah, November 23, 2008 @ 4:33 am

    Funny enough, gossips are some of the thingsI looked forward to once in a while. You may actualy stumble on some important information about the happenings in the office

  • By Jessica, November 23, 2008 @ 4:34 am

    Good article. I dislike gossips, but sadly every office has at least one.

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