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Chrm Message From: srini Total Posts: 163 Join Date: 18/07/2006
Rank: Leader Post Date: 11/09/2006 04:13:53 Points: 815 Location: India

Dear Friends, 

We have often been discussing on issues related to office gossip or grapewine wherein loads of issues are discussed behind closed corners.

I came across few “Wise Words” on office gossiping. Check them out at


Chrm Message From: donna Total Posts: 53 Join Date: 18/07/2006  
Rank: Manager Post Date: 12/09/2006 02:09:15 Points: 265 Location: India

I've personally seen people gossiping about one of my colleagues who was one of the star performers in our organization. She did everything that she could do to stop gossips by having one on one meeting with the main gossip monger and even by taking the issue to the head of the organization but all her efforts went vain. She was left with only one option and that was quit her job. The head of the organization could have very well controlled the situation but didn't do only because the main culprit was in his good books. Eventually, the company lost one of its best employees.

What the HR Depts need to ponder over here is that it is easy to lose good employees but very difficult to retain them. Any problem of this nature must be sorted out at the initial satges itself. It is very easy to hurt your peers and employees by this act but very difficult to patch up if the damage is beyond repair.

Nice presentation though, thanx for sharing the same..



Chrm Message From: tracy_m Total Posts: 34 Join Date: 18/07/2006  
Rank: Executive Post Date: 12/09/2006 02:12:37 Points: 170 Location: India

Dear srini, donna & friends,

This is just an offence whatsoever!!

When we try and curtail things like gossip in office and make it a HR challenge..aren't we taking the staement 'HR is the conscience keeper and the hound dog of the organisation' a little too far?

Where is the line..Where does HR responsibility end?..When do we let people take responsibility for their own actions and the consequent reactions?..Aren't we dealing with adults here?

Just a few questions bothering me at the moment!! Would appreciate a few answers!!



Chrm Message From: amarjeet Total Posts: 40 Join Date: 18/07/2006  
Rank: Executive Post Date: 12/09/2006 02:14:51 Points: 200 Location: India


There's no way that you can stop gossip at the office. As long as people talk and interact, the gossip is present.

Its completely upto the individual to choose that he/she doesn't involve himself with these kind of unsafe environment.


Chrm Message From: proftandon Total Posts: 101 Join Date: 18/07/2006  
Rank: Leader Post Date: 12/09/2006 02:19:02 Points: 505 Location: India

Absolutely true there is no way you can stop gossip; be it at work or in the society. Much like you can't suppress a "fragrance" or a "stench". It will show up anyway.


Prof Tandon