Managing Friends and Family in the Workplace: Part 6 – Avoid Gossip

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This article is written to provide you with an understanding why it is important to avoid gossip when working with or planning to employ friends and family.

One of the main concerns that may come from working with or employing friends and family is gossip, as those who are participating in the toxic conversations may be exposed to hearsay. When it comes to close relationships, your team members might wonder if there are conversations happening behind their backs when trust has yet to be built, as previously discussed, especially in the case of manager-employee relationships.

It is crucial to refrain from participating in a conversation that puts a negative light about another team member, participating is defined as being someone that speaks about or listens. Would you be having this conversation with another employee? We recommend that you refrain from continuing these sorts of conversations and remind the individual of the boundaries and expectations that were set. If required, it can be in everyone’s best interest to hold regular meetings with everyone involved in a friend or family-like relationship to review the ground rules that were set.

For more on managing friends and family at the workplace, please be sure to see part 7 of the series, “Provide Regular Feedback”.

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