We grew up learning that gossip was something to be avoided (and definitely “not nice”).
But it turns out that office gossip can help us get ahead at work–if used carefully. Mean-spirited, irrelevant gossip, like who’s having an affair or who’s had a nose job, is best ignored.
“It’s not realistic to say, ‘Don’t participate in [workplace] gossip,’ because if you don’t participate, people tend not to include you in the conversation,” says Nicole Williams, the author of “Girl on Top: Your Guide to Turning Dating Rules into Career Success.” Plus, knowing who’s leaving the company or who’s about to be promoted can help you align yourself for next promotion. But when water-cooler chatter turns to the boss’s pet peeves or unusual preferences, that’s when your ears should perk up.
Here’s how to effectively handle office gossip–without being labeled a blabbermouth. Frances Cole Jones, president of Cole Media Management and the author of “The Wow Factor: The 33 Things You Must (and Must Not) Do to Guarantee Your Edge in Today’s Business World,” suggests paying attention to management’s likes and dislikes, such as sports they’re playing, volunteer activities they’re involved in, or how old their kids are. It’s always better to be the person receiving gossip rather than the one spreading it.
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