KNOW THE BENEFITS
If you have a blanket rule of staying out of discussions about other people, you may be missing out. “You’re going to dismiss all kinds of information that could be useful to you, your career and your work,” LaBianca says. Hill points out that listening to office banter is a great way to learn what’s going on at your company – what group recently landed a big deal, why the chief f inancial officer was out of the office for a week or what initiatives the CEO is likely to approve.
Informal exchanges of information can be just as useful as formal ones, and they help you connect with colleagues. “It builds a bond because people think you trust them to share sensitive information,” Hill says. “Information is power.”