Strategies for dealing with workplace gossip in higher ed

January 10, 2020

Almost all of us in higher education have experienced gossip in the workplace, writes Tamara Yakabski. Defined by the author as a false and shallow attempt at connection with another, gossip works to disconnect people rather than connecting them and can also create or exacerbate unhealthy workplace cultures. The author offers four tips for dealing with gossip in the higher education workplace: determine if what you receive from others is helpful information or gossip; remember that people's opinion of you is not your business; know that gossip reflects the wounds of the gossiper; and think before you share information about colleagues with others. Inside Higher Ed (International)