Gossiping Employees

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about gossip:

How should I deal with office gossips without stopping productivity?

Signed, In Charge

DearĀ In Charge:

Not all gossip is bad. We are social animals and we learn much about how to behave by listening to and talking with others about what is going on on-the-job and in our personal lives. But you are right to want to stomp out gossip that hurts productivity. I gather that you sent in this question because of specific overly talkative individuals in your workplace. I expect that those who chat rather than work do so because they do not see that their pay is directly linked to their work. In short they are not owners in your enterprise. And making individuals real, not just psychological owners, will make a big difference.

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Rumors

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about spreading rumors:

I have an employee who is spreading rumors about me which is causing people to lose their trust in me. I am in a senior management position. I realize people vent about their bosses from time to time, but now people outside our organization are starting to hear the rumors. While I have on hearsay that he is responsible for starting the rumors, I don’t have hard evidence. What do I do to save my reputation both in and outside the company?

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How To Handle A Subordinate Who Criticizes Me?

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about one subordinate who criticizes her boss: She will make fun of something about me, entertaining the others, and seems to find it all very amusing.

I supervise a group of women who get along well with each other. I have learned that one of them often makes negative remarks about me. She will often instigate this dialogue by asking one of her co-workers what they thought of an email I sent to the group and put a negative spin on things.

She will make fun of something about me, entertaining the others, and seems to find it all very amusing. She had a few problems in years past, but has corrected those. She is an average employee, but I have given her bonuses for good work and several thank you notes.I have other work to do besides supervising these employees but I do help them out now and then when help is needed with work.I want to address this with her but am not sure of the best way to go about doing so. She is very popular with her coworkers and I don’t want to alienate them. How do I target her behavior without appearing to target her?

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Business Travel

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about business travel: He has never taken his assistant with him before. I don’t have a reason to be uncomfortable with this. But I don’t think it is an appropriate situation.

My husband is the boss of a company and is going on a business trip to Europe. He is taking his female assistant with him. Is it inappropriate for a married man to take a female assistant on a business trip? There are two other people going: The head of sales and a manager. He has never taken his assistant with him before. I don’t have a reason to be uncomfortable with this. But I don’t think it is an appropriate situation.

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Talking to Clients

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about personal gossip:

I have an employee who tells our clients personal information about co-workers and me, such as what type or level of education we do or do not have. And she is not always factual.

Signed, More Than Annoyed

DearĀ More Than Annoyed:

You have a right to be angry about a gossip, especially about a subordinate or co-worker who is careless about facts. I assume that you are this individual’s supervisor and therefore are responsible for her performance. Although you have not asked, I also assume you are uncertain about how to handle this matter.

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Spreading Rumors

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about disclosing personal information: She got off the phone with my husband and told two of my co-workers that I had a drinking problem. First of all, I was drinking ice tea, not alcohol and; secondly, if it were alcohol, she had no business to discuss this with my co-workers.

My husband called my boss, who is in senior management, from the hospital where I was being treated for very high blood sugar. He mentioned to my boss that he knew something was wrong with me because I had been drinking so much lately. She got off the phone with my husband and told two of my co-workers that I had a drinking problem. First of all, I was drinking ice tea, not alcohol and; secondly, if it were alcohol, she had no business to discuss this with my co-workers.

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An Affair Rumor in Workplace

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about spreading rumors that your boss got fired because he and you had an affair:

What do you do about people spreading rumors that your boss got fired because he and you had an affair? Not true. I have never had an affair. My boss quit because he took another job.I would never do something like that. I have worked hard in my job and have respect for husband and myself. My husband and I have been together for 13 years. I am not that type of person and do not believe in affairs. I care about what people say and I don’t do anything to deserve rumors about me.

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Co-Workers Talk About Me Behind My Back

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about one particular employee that is talking real bad about me behind my back to other employees:

Hello, I’m an employee at a government hospital and I transferred to the current hospital I work at about 2 months ago. I have had problems with employees simply because of the way that I look and carry myself. I have this one particular employee that is talking real bad about me behind my back to other employees and the other employees who used to talk to me on a regular basis don’t have anything else to say to me. They talk bad about me behind my back also.

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False Ethics Accusation

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors involving my personal life and inappropriate information I allegedly shared with my staff (sexual comments).

I received an completely false “ethics accusation” that was involving my personal life and inappropriate information I allegedly shared with my staff (sexual comments). Interestingly, the complaint came in when my entire staff was with me in a meeting. I have been working with HR and Security on some issues and feel this may be in retaliation but quite frankly, I am just not sure.

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Unwarranted Complaint To Boss

Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about a complaint of my talk: that I have commented something about her unfortunate son to the peon.

I work in a big bank. I am the private secretary (officer rank) of my boss. My boss and I, a personal assistant (clerical) and a peon (general assistant), comprise the section. I was hired a year ago. The personal assistant thinks she knows everything, but alas, I am very doubtful. She has a mentally retarded son. She comes to office late, after the boss arrives. I am not dependent on her in anyway, because the work I am carrying out does not demand any help from her (which she expects me to ask) as I manage my own things.

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