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Office Gossip may be damaging your business

Publication: City A.M

Gossip is a part of life, and it seems so harmless. But the recent dismissal of the head of legal services for Northumbria Police for “gossiping” to other staff about legal advice she had given to senior officers regarding allegations against them has thrown the serious consequences of chitchat into sharp relief.

Indeed, a little gossip over a coffee break can be potentially destructive in the workplace.

The dangers of gossip

You may feel uneasy about raising the issue of gossip with your staff, and worry that they will think you are treating them like a bunch of high school pupils rather than an adult workforce. However, there really is no positive outcome to workplace gossip. It can be detrimental not only for the employees involved, but also for the business as a whole.

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