Gossip is almost impossible to combat-especially, in the workplace. Memos can go out,in-service trainings can be given on stopping gossip and folks gossip about the Anti-Gossip Training!
Why is gossip such a concern in the workplace? It saps morale. It fosters rumors and can spread its insidious poison throughout the organization.
Here are 3 ways to control gosip
- Provide formal channels for communication: newsletters,memos, bulletin boards-spread information so no one can spread misinformation or gossip.
- Go where employees go-put notices up in the lunch areas,the break room and use spontaneous meetings and any social event to get the truthful word out.
- It is also important employees know where to air any grievances or questions and concerns. This way, they won’t have to resort to the “company grapevine” to get the answers.
BONUS-Make sure employees are kept informed-even when the information is negative!