Question to Ask the Workplace Doctors about gossip:
How should I deal with office gossips without stopping productivity?
Signed, In Charge
Dear 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.