INTERCEPT NEGATIVE GOSSIP WHEN YOU CAN
If you partake in discussions about others and you hear something that could harm another person’s feelings or reputation, you should speak up. “It takes courage to say, ‘ That’s hurtful to her’ or ‘I don’t see why any of us here needs to know that,’ but that’s what is needed,” Reardon says. You can even go a step further and neutralise what’s been said by adding your own information, LaBianca says. For example, if someone speaks poorly of a colleague’s performance, you can mention a time you were impressed with her work.