Skip to main content

Gossip Kills Possibility

Gossip Kills Possibility   This link provides a good lesson for business and for life. 

Gossip kills productivity by wasting time, hurts relationships by breaking trust, and brings down moral because it is never positive.

Time.  No one has enough of it right? I could only do this if I had more time.  I would only begin to do that if I had more time.  If you look back at yesterday how much time could you have set aside to do these things if you didn't break in the hallway to talk about coworkers, if you didn't let a 2 minute phone conversation stray to idle chit chat, if you didn't read useless emails that you received.  You probably would have found a good 30 minutes in your day or more.
Relationships.  When we  allow ourselves to be part of conversations about those who are not present not only is there the possibility of damaging that relationship if they were to find out, but how good can the relationship be with the people you are gossiping with?  If they know that you talk about people behind their backs then they will assume that you talk about them when they are not present too. 
Moral.  This week I had someone pop into my office for a few questions.  After about a minute of legitimate business she began to dump on about every person we work with.  Not only was the conversation exhausting to follow, it left me feeling really bummed out.  I wonder how many others she took out of their game that day.  I wonder what she said about me in the next office.  Hmmm.  Next time, I will know better and will immediately put an end to it.

Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Work is Fun?

Recently I changed positions at work and I found that I had a real difficult time adjusting. I went from being in the field to being split between field time and office time and I was not enjoying it. In fact, although this was a move in the right direction for me, I felt like someone had let the air out of my tires. Instead of waking up on Monday mornings energized and looking forward to the people I would be interacting with I woke up dreading the day and the solitude.
As with most job changes when one person moves it causes a chain effect and many people in our organization moved into new roles at the same time I did. One person reached out looking for advice on how to adapt to his new situation. As usual, what I found in giving him advice is that I wasn't practicing what I preach. I wasn't living up to my own expectations. I was talking the talking, but certainly not walking the walk. Why wasn't I enjoying work? I wasn't making it enjoyable. It's not the new ro…

What To Do With Frozen Lobster Claws

Happy Valentine's Day!!!  We had our celebration a day early and while grocery shopping I came across frozen Lobster Claws.  I bought them thinking I could just Google directions on how to serve them.  No luck.  If you see them, buy them.  They are so yummy and here's how to prepare them.

How to Detect Email Fraud, Phishing Basics

I would have never thought in a million years that I would be a victim to fraud.  I am not overly
careful, but I am always alert (just ask my son who thought he'd get away with charging $212 on my Visa card).  Last Christmas I was the victim of identity theft.  A clerk at a cell phone store took my information and went to an Apple Store and basically took over my wireless account.  Lesson learned - set up your own phone at home.  Do not let the clerk do it for you in the store.

Going through that process I learned, what I thought at the time, was more than I needed to know about fraud, and specifically about phishing.  Until today, when someone thought I would buy in to their scam.

What is phishing?  Phishing is an attempt to obtain information from you by disguising an email to look like a site you trust.  Trust me, they look real.  There are logos, and links, and terms used that make it look legit, but if you look closer you can catch some details.