Idea in short

Relationship problems, spreading rumors - any topic makes the heart of the gossiper beat faster. News - whether they are confirmed or not - are their primary motivation to appear at the workplace at all.

When it comes to water dispenser conversations, the gossiper is never far away.  This colleague type  often forgets the other really important things to be done beyond gossiping. No question, the gossiper is one of the rather unpopular colleague types, yet hardly anyone wants to make do without their insider knowledge.

Characteristics

Gossiping, as a female phenomenon, is simply wrong! There are also men who are constantly on the lookout for a brand-new story or a secret. They regularly discover a new, interesting topics for gossip, even though the veracity has not yet been checked. The gossiper has made it his personal task to disseminate the information discreetly, regardless of whether the colleagues want it or not.

As the hub of information, the gossiper plays an important role in the organisational structure of the office. After all, it may well be that he has something really important to report. Most of the time, however, their information is hot, because this fellow guy simply loves to be the centre of attention and to be heard – no matter what.

Gossipers are well-networked and always informed. They are the center of office politics from their ongoing collection and dissemination of alleged office gossip. In general, the gossipers are harmless. However, they may render some serious damage from disseminating mis-information or untruths. In many cases, this massively affects the workflow in the office, which is extremely annoying.

At a glance

  • Always looking for rumors, gossip and gossip
  • Blasphemous
  • Disseminates the information gladly, even when unasked for and unconfirmed truths
  • Can cause damage with their behaviour
  • Loves attention
  • Likes to be the focus
  • Well networked in the office
  • Deficient in work ethics
  • Can severely affect the workflow
  • Annoys many colleagues
  • Is at the centre of information exchange

How to I deal with them?

In order to answer this question adequately, you should imagine two scenarios:

  • Are you are interested in the stories of the gossiper?
  • Do their rumors annoyed you?

It is perfectly normal to be interested in office gossip. This has also leads to the fact that it is better to stay away from office gossip if your career is important to you. Listening to the latest stories of the chatterbox every now and then is okay. However, make sure that you do not waste too much time and do not take an active part. Such behaviour will definitely adversely affect your status in the office. Before you know, you may become a victim of another meaningless gossip!

If you are annoyed by the constant gossiping and the lack of work of the clarity, then only one thing helps: speak it directly and definitely with the gossiper, but kindly mention that such behaviour is not appropriate. It is also helpful to give the gossiper no attention. If she has no one that listens to her reports, the energy wanes pretty quickly.

Summary

In general, you should always maintain a certain distance when you interact with the gossiper. Be friendly, but do not talk about personal or professional topics that are very emotional. Every little piece of information is fodder for the gossiper, who immediately turns it into a sensational story. For this type of office colleague, extreme caution is advised.