Why Gossiping Will Damage Your Career


This month’s Hot Topic is secrets in the workplace. We look at how to handle knowing something you shouldn’t, and why businesses need staff brave enough to say when there’s a problem.

But what about plain old everyday gossip? Innocent conversations that, without realising it, can ruin someone’s career or worse.

It may be in complete innocence, but spreading rumours or passing on private information can quickly escalate. What if managers used this information to pass someone over for promotion? Or colleagues fell out leading to bosses having to step in to ensure their team didn’t fall apart?

Think on before talking about colleagues.


And what does gossip mean for you? Here’s 5 Ways Gossiping Can Damage Your Career:

TRUST
If you’re talking about someone else, then your colleagues will assume you’re doing the same about them. Also, if they’re the sort to gossip, then assume they’ll be talking about you. Colleagues need to trust one another, so as the old saying goes, ‘if you don’t have something nice to say, then don’t say anything at all’!

NEGATIVITY
Spending time talking about others’ shortcomings or being jealous of their successes is time you could be spending on your own career. Ask yourself if your conversations with colleagues are about how you can help them or doing your job well, or about others’ successes?

LEGAL
Gossiping that leads to employees feeling they are being defamed or harassed can lead to complaints to your boss, or higher. Imagine you pass on a small piece of information that leads to your colleague becoming the figure of fun? You weren’t necessarily the one doing the harassment, but if the bully is challenged, they will tell your boss it was you who passed on the information. Think about what you say.

PROMOTION
If your manager thinks you are a gossip, they won’t want working closer to them. The higher up the chain you rise the more information you will have access to, some of which may be very sensitive. If they don’t believe you will keep it to yourself, then they definitely won’t want you to hear it.

DIVISION
You and your colleagues are a team. If someone you work with is mean or divisive, you can’t control that, but you can control how you treat others. Showing your manager that you are a team player who supports others, and has the support of others, means you’re the right kind of person to be promoted and potentially manage them.

Be positive every day, especially about your colleagues and your clients, and you will show you can move up the career ladder with integrity.


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