No one likes a gossip queen (or king), but rest assured, every office has one.
Blame human nature, says career and business etiquette speaker Karen Litzinger. “People like to gossip,” she says. “It can be cathartic. It can also be a bonding experience” to commiserate with a co-worker. As the saying goes, misery loves company.
Obviously, office gossip can have some big repercussions. “It can damage not only your relationships with your colleagues, but also hurt your own reputation,” Litzinger says.
So, if you’re someone who’s doing the gossiping, it’s time to keep your lips sealed. But you also have to be mindful of what you say about co-workers over digital channels, like Slack, Gchat, or email.
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