Implement a No Gossip Policy

The workplace should not be turned into a nesting place rampant and contagious gossiping.  Not only it is an unhealthy practice, it also causes mistrust between the employees and their superiors.

However, the rampant gossiping in an organization is an indication that the company fails to provide transparency to their employees, especially when it comes to decision-making process.  If workers are left in the dark, they would spend time guessing about various rationales, and more often than not, they turn out to be negative.

Printing out a "no gossip and backstabbing" policy in the company handbook is easy, but the real problem lies in establishing trust between employees and management.  Deal with every hard topic your employees would ask in your office.  Answer to them with much transparency and honesty, thus encouraging them to trust you and get motivated at work.

Also, do not let bad rumors grow.  If gossip is left alone, even the most positive-spirited workers would be "infected" by the negativity around and would feel let down in the workplace.  If a worker is left violating the no gossip policy, then have him or her subjected to disciplinary actions.

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