Spreading rumors

LogoDear Ms. Corporate Manners,

I’ve been employed with this organization for 10 years and I have seen many changes during this time. One thing I guess that bothers me most is the lack of privacy and/or confidentiality within my part of the organization. What does one do when they feel like no manager in the entire office can be trusted with any personal or confidential information? I know for a fact that if something is shared with my manager – or any manager in my office – it will spread like wildfire in a very short amount of time. Over time, I just don’t feel as proud of my employer, and I am embarrassed. How can I feel good about working here again?

Signed,  Just Want It Kept Quiet

Dear Quiet,

Spreading rumors and not keeping confidences are morale breakers in the workplace. I’d like to take this opportunity to remind our readers that “loose lips sink ships” – especially if you are a manager who is gossiping about personal information. We’re all tempted to spread gossip, but managers have a special responsibility to be discreet and respectful. You may want to call the human resource representative for your area for help.

Signed, Ms. Corporate Manners

© Penny Aviotti and Ms.Corporate Manners 2003 – 2013.

One response

  1. Agree. Employees spreading rumors and gossip is bad enough, but when it comes from managers, it is particularly unprofessional.

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