“A gossip is someone with a great sense of rumor”
Rumors are anything but good. They can be very polarizing and create a downright nasty environment to work in. If there are rumors spreading about one or more of your team members do the right thing and don’t chime in.
It can be difficult to avoid the rumor mill. Our society seems to be drawn to it, just look at the number of celebrity tabloids you can find in line at the grocery store. Personally, I have learned that Kylie Jenner has been pregnant or engaged or breaking up about 30 different times in the last two years!
Anyway, I digress, but the point is that people are easily seduced into listening to and gossiping about co-workers, business news or anything counter-productive to creating a winning team. Rumors are a bit like a game of telephone. When the message has finally been passed all the way around, it is probably completely different than the original information, and totally untrue.
Fight rumors through improved communication. Make sure to address issues head-on, even if it is difficult and uncomfortable. Putting the truth out there allows everyone to be on the same page so negative rumors won’t be able to fly so easily.
Creating a work environment where rumors can’t thrive is your best chance at eliminating toxicity in your group and fostering a winning team environment. Any number of our team building events could help your group work on their collaborative skills and move them toward greatness. Maybe a charity event could help them see the bigger picture and start focusing on ideas rather than people.
Do you have any tips for managing rumors in the workplace? We’d love to hear from you!
It’s one thing to create an atmosphere of trust and a feeling of camaraderie between employees when they’re all in the same building 40 or so hours a week.
Know each other as people, not just professionals. We’re all so much more than our job titles. We have interests that may have drawn each of us to our roles and help us excel within them. There are easy team building icebreaker activities for work that will help you and your team bond and get to know each other as more than just your role in the office. (more…)
Team building games and ice breaker activities for adults can keep your team bonded throughout the year. Get started with this simple DIY team building exercise. EXERCISE GOAL: Participants will gain a deeper understanding of themselves and those around them through ice breaker activities. (more…)
As St. Patrick’s Day approaches, you’re looking forward to holiday celebrations and enjoying the company of others. Did you know that legend says that each leaf of the clover means something: the first is for hope, the second for faith, the third for love and the fourth for luck?
As a business owner and employer, it is your job to map out a cybersecurity plan and make sure your employees understand and follow the protocols. Additionally, it is your job to screen all employees and figure out which positions have the most access to sensitive information, and in turn, pose the biggest threat to the company.
Although many companies believe the biggest cybersecurity threat is external, internal employees and can pose just as big of a threat. In fact, because they have such open access to the company’s most important data, they can actually pose a much bigger threat.
In the past 12 months, 50% of small businesses have experienced a security breach through a cyberattack. A small business cyberattack is defined as the alteration of a computer’s data, coding, or logic through the use of malicious code, which can lead to other cybercrimes like identity theft, fraud, and more.
Here’s the thing about haunted houses: only about half of the fright-factor comes from the actual jump scares. The rest of the fear, the adrenaline rush and the excitement that makes your hands shake and your heart races, starts in line before you even get into the room. The anticipation of the scare is almost as powerful as the event itself.
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