5 Reasons Gossiping Could Cost You A Promotion

We all love a bit of gossip.

C’mon admit it.

Hearing those secret sound bites makes us feel kind of special.

And it can feel even more empowering when we pass it along to someone else. Kind of like we are "in the know" and have just let the listener into our inner circle.

Sometimes the gossip can be quite innocent. Sharing that your co-worker had two desserts at last night’s function is unlikely to cause anything more than a little chuckle. (Or envy perhaps?!)


Not all gossip is harmless. It can be hurtful or malicious or cause serious repercussions.

Even the most innocent “guess what I heard” can lead to devastating consequences

And those consequences are not always against the recipient of the gossip.

The consequences can be just as bad or worse for the person who is gossiping.

Everyone knows who the gossips are in their organization. This means the “boss” knows too. Even folks in other companies often know who the gossips are within the industry.

And while others like to tap into their “scoops” every now and again, they are generally not respected in the same light.  Folks can be “wary” of them.

Are you quick to gossip and love the fact that others come to you and see you as “in the know”?

Next time you are tempted to pass on a little “inside information”, think twice.

There are countless reasons to steer clear of this tempting behavior but here are a few that will definitely have your boss second-guessing your promotability:

1. The management of direct reports typically includes access to confidential information. If you are known to be the office gossip  can you really be trusted with salary and other private information? It is paramount that those who report to you also trust you.

2. Coworkers at the same level need to feel comfortable to discuss challenges and opportunities with each other. How can you be an effective colleague if no one wants to discuss anything of importance with you?

3. If you gossip within the company does this mean you will also lack discretion in sharing company and personnel information with those outside the organization including competitors, clients and suppliers?

4. Managers can be privy to company information prior to communication with the rest of the company. How can you be part of a management team if you can’t be trusted to keep important information quiet until the right time?

5. Will your propensity for gossip mean you will listen and believe those who bring gossip to you? And could that lead to preferential treatment of those bringing that information to you?

It’s really all about trust.

Trusted employees are valuable employees and will be tapped for a promotion long before someone who isn’t.

Keep your career on the right path. Know when to “share” and when not to. Closely guard the personal and private information of others. And avoid the gossiping “cliques”.

You work hard at your job.

Don’t let a little idle gossip get in the way of your next step!


Post by Margaret Johnston, eventswork.com

As a career event professional, Margaret brings valuable insight and knowledge to the recruitment, management and development of high-performance teams for the event industry. A strategic and inspiring leader, Margaret has held executive roles for several global event management companies and key roles in the start up and orchestration of many high profile and international events.


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