After one of my workshops, a young lady approached me. Introducing herself, she explained she'd been fired a few days ago. The news came as a total surprise. A couple days later, she got a call from her former boss. It'd seem the company still had a few contracts in place with customers that she was overseeing. With her sudden departure, those customers got forwarded to her boss-who didn't know what to do. He offered her the job back.
Work gossip. Some of us participate in it, and most of us see it as a relatively harmless reality of working in an office. But the truth is, gossip has the power to dismantle even the best teams and keep good teams from becoming truly great. Here’s why work gossip is bad news:
Most American employees, it turns out, aren’t all there. In other words, the majority of U.S. workers aren’t engaged in their jobs. In its recent Employee Engagement Index, Gallup found 71 percent were not engaged in their work. Gallup defines “engaged” as those who are involved in, enthusiastic about and committed to their work and workplace.
Sometime over the course of this year millions of employees will sit down with their boss to engage in one of the annual rites of passage – the performance review. For many, that discussion will not be productive – for that many more it will be frustrating and discouraging.