5 January 2008

Gossiping in the Workplace: A Poem by Lynn Crosbie

If your workplace buddies are "gossip friends"
Are they really someone you can trust in the end?
You think they're your friend and won't talk about you
But do you honestly believe that to be true?

People who gossip like to dig for "dirt"
They may go too far and someone gets hurt
They bring up rumours and hearsay too
But do you really care, even if it were true?

Forget the meaningless chitchat and childish chatter
Stop the gossiping and talk about things that matter
Do unto others, I'm sure you've all heard
And if you can't say something nice, don't say a word

Gossiping in the workplace is something to avoid
Don't do it to fit in, or if you are bored
The way to stop gossiping is to not participate
Just go about your business and don't help spread hate

Lynn Crosbie writes office etiquette poems in Ottawa, Canada. She has been an Administrative Assistant for over 25 years. You can contact her through this blogspot or by emailing me at pattyannrobb@rogers.com.

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