CAREER DEVELOPMENT / APR. 14, 2016
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How Gossiping at Work Can Help Your Career

Gossiping in the office is such an old practice that I’m certain hardly anyone remembers when gossip wasn’t part of the office culture. As frowned upon as it might be we all find it impossible to separate it from our work life because it simply happens in every office everywhere around the world.

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If we are being completely honest, we all like gossip from time to time. Just picture hearing something spicy about a colleague you hate or your boss; it’s bound to make your day, isn’t it? But the truth is that gossip can’t only be used to entertain us in the office, in fact it can be used to help our career grow and this is how:

1. It Helps You Survive in the Workplace

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Often, the workplace is a dog-eat-dog kind of world and it’s useful to know how your colleagues behave so that you can anticipate their reactions and be one step ahead of them. Gossip can help you learn about these behaviours before even having to deal with them.

Imagine starting a new job and being told that there’s a colleague who was after your job, won’t you anticipate them trying to boycott you? Knowing what to expect can help you prepare and it can also prepare you to always keep an eye on your back.

2. It Encourages Collaboration

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The reality is that gossip is such an integral part of every workplace that it’s a bit impossible to avoid it. But not only should you not avoid it, you should also embrace it. Colleagues who gossip are colleagues who bond and if you want to improve your relationships with fellow workers, it’s a sure-fire way to get you there.

Gossip helps employees bond and it also encourages collaboration. Those who are willing to participate are seen as valuable team members, while those who avoid it tend to be left out and are considered egoists and not team players.

3. It Helps You Prepare for Career Moves

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I don’t know if you’ve ever noticed but the only people who seem to be aware of everything that goes in the office are the people who like to gossip. They are knowledgeable about most things that go in the office and they can help you anticipate shifts in the workplace.

Being included in the office gossip can mean that you’ll be among the first to know when someone at work is ready to quit. And this can help you strategically plan your future career moves. If, for example, it’s your supervisor who’s quitting, participating in office gossip will give you a heads up on the situation. You can then use this information to file your application for their position before anyone else does and you can even talk to the boss about this career advancement opportunity.

See Also: How to Celebrate Cultural Differences in the Workplace

Office gossip might not always be pleasant and if you end up in the wrong end of gossip it can break your career, but that doesn’t mean you should try to be above it. You should embrace gossip at work as it can help your work life become more pleasant and it can also help you map out your career advancement. Simply make sure that you keep your personal life at bay if you don’t want your colleagues to know and office gossip can be the best thing that ever happened to you.

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