4 Ways to Stop Workplace Gossip

The problem with workplace gossip is that it can be very bad for company morale, and it can create problems at work that do not need to be there. However, stopping workplace gossip is something that is not easily done. This is because it is difficult to monitor the conversations of all employees at all times. However, there are some things that you can do to stop gossip in the workplace. Here are some great tips for doing this.

1. Set a good example

Your employees will be far less likely to participate in workplace gossip if they see that you, as a manager, or an officer of the company do not gossip. This is the first thing that you should do to reduce the amount of workplace gossip at your company.

2. Let your employees know that it is not allowed at your company

You can do this through a meeting, a memo, an email, etc. You have to let your employees know that workplace gossip is not allowed at your business, otherwise they simply won’t know. This is especially true for any gossip that is offensive, derogatory, or highly personal. Your employees will be much less likely to participate in gossip in the workplace if it is clear that it is not allowed, and will not be tolerated.

3. Hold gossipers accountable

If you discover that one person, or a few people at your company are relentlessly gossiping about other employees, then you can hold these people accountable. You can do this by docking their pay, making them pay a fine, making them attend an anti-gossiping seminar with H.R., or other ways. Whatever you decide to go with, once people realize that they can be punished for gossiping in the workplace, they will be significantly less likely to do it.

4. Encourage employees to keep their private lives private

Part of the reason why gossip can occur at a company is if employees share too many details of their private lives with their coworkers. So, if you can get your employees to share fewer of these details, then it is less likely that harmful gossip will occur.


Good team cohesion can help companies to thrive. However, gossip in the workplace can be a significant threat to team cohesion. For this reason, it is a good idea for managers and bosses to work on stopping workplace gossip. Following these tips can help them to do so!

Karin Jakovljevic

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Karin Jakovljevic

Karin Jakovljevic is the head of marketing at Ximble, a powerful, cloud-based workforce management system, simplifying employee scheduling and time tracking for retailers, restaurants and small businesses.

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