“Gossip is the art of saying nothing in a way that leaves practically nothing unsaid”
Let’s face it, we aren’t always going to love what we do, or the people we work with. And sometimes you just want to vent about the person that is bothering you. But have you ever considered that being negative will make you feel worse in the long run than taking a positive approach? Plus, gossip can always come back to bite you in the behind; you could even lose your job!
Office gossip can be destructive to everyone involved; co-workers, managers, and human resource departments. Nowhere is this issue more glaring than in the workplace, where people come and go and interpersonal interaction is often transient and superficial. That being said, the person that office gossip is likely to affect the most is the person doing the talking. As the trash talker your co-workers will quickly learn what kind of person you are and may not want to associate with you because of it.
A few years ago, I worked in a small group within a fairly large company. When I was hired, I was eager to mesh with my fellow teammates, but noticed a dark cloud that loomed over my department. It was negativity and gossip. Being in an uncomfortable position as the new person I didn’t want to contribute to the negative discussions, but I also didn’t want to ignore my co-workers, as that would lead me into segregation. I quickly learned that the best way to deal with this situation was to listen (with a grain of salt), but not participate in any job or person-bashing. I learned that I could contribute to the conversation without complaining and it led to a comfortable middle ground for me. Eventually both of the gossipers moved on to other companies (it was bound to happen) and the sun came out from behind the clouds, it was tough there for a while though.
It can be difficult to work in a negative environment, but it is important not to take what others are saying into consideration when you are forming impressions of the work you are doing and the people you are meeting. Everyone is different and what someone else might dislike could be something you don’t mind at all. Remember that it is always best to leave the negativity at home, or better yet, turn that negativity into something positive through your work!
ABOUT STAFFING ANNOUNCES ALLIANCE WITH RESPECT IN THE WORKPLACE!
ABOUT STAFFING is excited to announce the launch of RESPECT IN THE WORKPLACE certification for AS Candidates! We have exclusively partnered with Respect Group Inc. to ensure that all of the candidates we place are Respect in the Workplace certified. This means that all of the candidates you hire through About Staffing have been trained to:
- Improve team communication
- Strengthen employee retention
- Comply with the Canadian Labour Code
- Enhance organizational health
- Increase morale
- Reduce absenteeism
- Mitigate legal liability
- Create stronger corporate culture and reputation
- Increase productivity
About Staffing believes Respect in the Workplace will enable your organization and the people within to help make appropriate choices when interacting in the work environment, and know what to do as well as feel safe to act, when they see or experience something that isn’t right. Many businesses throughout North America are making this training a requirement amongst their employees and we are proud to be the first staffing agency in Canada to get on board.
At About Staffing all of our internal employees are Respect in the Workplace certified and will be able to help answer any questions you might have regarding this topic. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch should you have any further questions. The official launch date for About Staffing’s Respect in the Workplace program is
September 1, 2015.
About Staffing is an Alberta-based business that has been successfully placing candidates since 1996. Founded by Sharlene Massie almost 20 years ago, About Staffing was built on the pillars of our four core values; Enthusiasm, Sincerity, Stability, and Loyalty. We provide top quality temporary, direct hire and executive candidates to companies and organizations. We are excellent at filling positions for all industries, both office and industrial, but what really makes us stand out is that we are masters at matching culture!
For more information on About Staffing, please visit aboutstaffing.com.
Respect Group was incorporated on April 5th, 2004 by co-founders, Sheldon Kennedy and Wayne McNeil, to pursue their common passion: the prevention of abuse, bullying and harassment. Respect Group has enlisted internationally acclaimed curriculum partner, the Canadian Red Cross and created a best-in-class e-learning platform. Expert content and a professional online certification model round out Respect Group’s fully outsourced risk management behavior-change solutions for sport, schools and the workplace.
For more information on the Respect Group, please visit respectgroupinc.com.
Personal space is very important to many employees, especially in today’s offices, where cubicles and workstations are the norm. Some tips and tricks to getting to know and respecting people’s boundaries are:
- Some people are very private and need a larger personal space around them. These people automatically expect everyone else to be the same.
- More outgoing employees have a smaller personal space and enjoy “getting in on the conversation,” even if it has nothing to do with them, for fear of feeling left out.
- Supervisors sometimes have an open door policy. If an employee is in the supervisor’s office talking to him/her, another employee should not just walk in, open door policy or not. Wait outside the office until your supervisor is free.
- Avoid deliberately eavesdropping or reading someone else’s email if left open. If you do overhear something, keep it to yourself.
- Sharlene Massie