Do your co-workers gossip too much?

posted 3 years ago in Career
  • poll:
    Yes, I don't say a word to anyone because I know it will always be spread : (16 votes)
    31 %
    I listen in on other people's business but don't share it with anyone else : (13 votes)
    25 %
    I participate in the gossiping : (16 votes)
    31 %
    My co-workers don't gossip and I can share information with any of them : (7 votes)
    13 %
  • Post # 3
    2381 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    Ugh yes, like a buncha kids.   I hate it

    Post # 4
    4576 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    I have one teammate in particular I have talked to maybe twice in the 6 months I’ve known her…and I can *hear her* talking mad shit about people allllllllllll day long. I can go an entire 8 hour day without talking to anyone…she cannot seem to go 8 minutes without that mouth running.

    What’s worse: you can tell she thinks she’s more quiet than she is. She like scream-whispers, you can hear her across the room.

    Usually it’s about what someones wearing, but she’ll also talk smack about things she overhears others discussing: where they went to lunch, what they did over the weekend, etc.

    My favorite part about her shit-talking peoples attire is that she literally wears what I think are sweat pants to the office every day, and her purse is really a makeup bag. In addition, she is known to wear her hair in pigtails.

    I’m *hardly* fashion savvy, but I know well enough to keep  my mouth shut. 

    Post # 5
    4135 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: August 2013

    Yes, they never stop. It’s worse than high school. I generally ignore it, or plant false nuggets to see how they spread. Morons. 

    Post # 6
    3570 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    @badabing88:  you made me LOL.  “her purse is really a makeup bag”  

    Post # 8
    4576 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    @HappySky7:  Glad I’m not the only one who has done that once or twice 😉


    @MrsTVLover:  I swear I’m not a bad person: my purse is a clearance Juicy Couture bag from like 3 seasons ago, so who am I to judge bags…but this thing is from Hot Topic and is about 4 inches by 6 inches by 7 inches. I know it’s a makeup bag because I saw it in the store :-p She carries it in the crook of her arm like she’s Paris Hilton.

    Post # 9
    8720 posts
    Bumble Beekeeper
    • Wedding: September 2013

    Mine always gossip. I find it quite hilarious. They talk to each other about the rest of the office then when one isnt around they talk about that one. Oh, and they love to tell you who was talking about you when you werent around. Very amusing if you ask me. The worst part is that these women are 40+. I’m the youngest one in my office. I chalk it up to the fact that they probably dont have much else going on in their lives.

    Post # 10
    4576 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: September 2014

    @Aquaria:  Email definitely fuels the fire, and we have an instant message system they use too. So if you hear click click clickty-clack followed by two people giggling, you can guess what’s going on.

    Post # 11
    885 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    There’s one girl in my office who is always spreading gossip.  Usually it isn’t anything too negative or malicious, but she will spread information that isn’t flattering or isn’t wished to be common knowledge.  

    They day I announced my engagement, I found out from a trusted coworker that after I had left for the day she repeated all the excited details I had told her about the proposal (she was the first person I saw that day), including how I painted my nails in advance because I hoped a proposal was coming… she told it to everyone around in a really rude and mocking way.  I learned the hard way that she wasn’t to be trusted.

    Post # 12
    6448 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2013

    There is rarely gossip about people at work. I work with about 95% males so I’m not sure if that makes a difference? It certainly seems as though females gossip more than males. They do, however, leak secrets about our industry and what companies are doing what so I guess that’s a different form of gossiping.

    Post # 14
    1503 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    No gossip to speak of here, unfortunately, haha.


    Post # 15
    3633 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I work with a bunch of men and we only talk about things that are public knowledge, e.g. people’s vacation plans. We never say anything that we wouldn’t be afraid to say to that person’s face.

    I’ve worked in places with drama queens and major gossipers and it’s draining to say the least. It’s even worse when people in positions of power are engaging in it and initiating it. We’re not teenagers; we’re not in high school. Why do we have to trash talk each other behind each other’s backs?

    Post # 16
    11772 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: May 2013

    I work with a MAJOR group of gossipers, and I am definitely an offender! That being said, we ONLY badmouth about our boss (who is a COMPLETE psycho–she changes our pay hours and shorts us OT, she calls meetings and then talks about her “pathetic” children the whole time).

    We do talk about what all of us are up to, but mostly like “So I hear so-and-so is thinking about quitting/having a baby/whatever” Never “Have you seen so-and-so lately? SHE’S certainly put on some weight!”

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