The headline of a recent article in the New York Post screams, “Gossip drives workers to distraction.” The story was about the most common breaches of workplace etiquette among fellow employees, according to a survey by Accountemps, a division of Robert Half.
Office gossip topped the list of complaints. Being distracted during meetings was a close second. The study of over several hundred workers in 20 metropolitan areas also showed other things workers hate: snide remarks made behind their backs…not giving credit or praise to others…failing to respond to e-mails within reasonable amounts of time…being late for meetings and missing them…and criticizing co-workers in public.
“Most jobs today require teamwork and strong collaboration skills,” said Richard Deosingh, a senior vice president with Robert Half, who is quoted in the article. This means following business etiquette such as turning off the phone during meetings and group discussions, avoiding the rumor mill, and being responsive to e-mails and phone messages. Also, instead of hogging all the glory—share some of it with co-workers.
Getting back to office gossip, not to indulge in it is nonsense. The Post article about gossip driving workers to distraction fails to mention benefits you’ll receive by being part of it. There are ways of participating in office gossip that can advance your career. I explain how in the chapter about how to be a better employee in my book, “Your One-Minute Job Finding Coach.”
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