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Be­cause oth­ers are likely to make judg­ments, be care­ful about where and how you share in­for­ma­tion. LaBianca ad­vises against do­ing it in front of your boss, who may look down on such be­hav­iour. “Gos­sip­ing makes you more inf lu­en­tial amongst your peers, but it can also get you more neg­a­tive per­for­mance rat­ings from man­agers if you’re seen as threat­en­ing,” he says. Do it be­hind closed doors, and def initely never use email. “You should as­sume all emails could be made pub­lic,” Hill says. If oth­ers are gos­sip­ing in a place you feel is in­ap­pro­pri­ate, you don’t have to chime in. LaBianca points out that you can lis­ten with­out nec­es­sar­ily con­tribut­ing. Nod­ding your head and giv­ing sim­ple re­sponses such as “I didn’t know t hat” al­low you to hear in­for­ma­tion with­out ac­tively par­tic­i­pat­ing.

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