5 Tips To Avoid Gossip In The Workplace

What’s wrong with a little chit-chat to break up the work day? Nothing really – unless it’s gossip.tim-gouw-79563-unsplash.jpg

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What exactly is gossip? It’s talk that’s harmful, damaging or embarrassing to someone. It can lead to conflict or negativity. anna-vander-stel-60342-unsplash.jpg

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Bottom line: If you’re saying something behind someone’s back that you wouldn’t say to his or her face, chances are it’s gossip. martins-zemlickis-328365-unsplash.jpg

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Gossip anywhere – but especially in the office—can weaken team morale and respect. It can create cliques, suspicion and uneasy relationships. In a world, it divides rather than unites. johnson-wang-515995-unsplash.jpg

Here are some 5 tips to help avoid office gossip:

  • Stay busy. People who gossip want attention. If you’re busy, they can’t gossip with you.
  • Avoid the gossips. You know who they are. Try to avoid them. Just hanging around with them may give others the impression that you’re a gossip too.
  • Don’t even listen. Gossip requires speakers and listeners. If you don’t want to be part of gossip, walk away when the gossip and negativity begin.
  • Say something positive. If lunch or coffee break chat turns to gossip, try to shift the conversation to another topic. Or, gather your confidence and say you don’t want to gossip about someone else.
  • Talk to your supervisor. When people spend time gossiping, they’re hurting the workplace and wasting time. See your supervisor for a confidential talk if you think gossip is a factor at your job.

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30 Maya Angelou Quotes To Inspire Your Life

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Maya Angelou, born Marguerite Ann Johnson April 4, 1928 in St. Louis, Missouri, was an American poet, memoirist, actress and an important figure in the American Civil Rights Movement.

In 2001 she was named one of the 30 most powerful women in America by Ladies Home Journal. Maya Angelou is known for her series of six autobiographies, starting with I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, (1969) which was nominated for a National Book Award and called her magnum opus. Her volume of poetry, Just Give Me a Cool Drink of Water ‘Fore I Die (1971) was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.

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  1. “I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ― Maya Angelou

  2. “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” ― Maya Angelou
  3. “What you’re supposed to do when you don’t like a thing is change it. If you can’t change it, change the way you think about it. Don’t complain.”― Maya Angelouquote-when-someone-shows-you-who-they-are-believe-them-the-first-time-people-know-themselves-maya-angelou-86-54-17
  4. “When someone shows you who they are believe them; the first time.”
    ― Maya Angelou
  5. “We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty.” 

    ― Maya Angelou

  6. “I can be changed by what happens to me. But I refuse to be reduced by it.(Popular misquote of “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”)”
    ― Maya Angelou
  7. “I love to see a young girl go out and grab the world by the lapels. Life’s a bitch. You’ve got to go out and kick ass.”
    ― Maya Angelou
  8. “Courage is the most important of all the virtues because without courage, you can’t practice any other virtue consistently.”
    ― Maya Angelou
  9. “I don’t trust people who don’t love themselves and tell me, ‘I love you.’ … There is an African saying which is: Be careful when a naked person offers you a shirt.”
    ― Maya Angelou
  10. “Music was my refuge. I could crawl into the space between the notes and curl my back to loneliness.” 

    ― Maya Angelou

  11. “You may not control all the events that happen to you, but you can decide not to be reduced by them.”
    ― Maya Angelou
  12. “I did then what I knew how to do. Now that I know better, I do better.”
    ― Maya Angelou
  13. “Success is liking yourself, liking what you do, and liking how you do it.”
    ― Maya AngelouQuotation-Maya-Angelou-My-mission-in-life-is-not-merely-to-survive-but-34-70-30
  14. “My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style”
    ― Maya Angelou
  15. “Have enough courage to trust love one more time and always one more time.”
    ― Maya Angelou
  16. “Never make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option.”
    ― Maya Angelou
  17. “Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.

    I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size

    But when I start to tell them,

    They think I’m telling lies.

    I say,

    It’s in the reach of my arms

    The span of my hips,

    The stride of my step,

    The curl of my lips.

    I’m a woman


    Phenomenal woman,

    That’s me.” 

    ― Maya Angelou

  18. “You can only become truly accomplished at something you love. Don’t make money your goal. Instead pursue the things you love doing and then do them so well that people can’t take their eyes off of you.”
    ― Maya Angelou
  19. “A woman’s heart should be so hidden in God that a man has to seek Him just to find her.”
    ― Maya Angelou
  20. “You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.”
    ― Maya Angelou
  21. “Try to be a rainbow in someone’s cloud.”
    ― Maya Angelou
  22. “You alone are enough. You have nothing to prove to anybody.”
    ― Maya Angelou
  23. “Ask for what you want and be prepared to get it!”
    ― Maya Angelou
  24. “If I am not good to myself, how can I expect anyone else to be good to me?”
    ― Maya Angelou
  25. “The desire to reach for the stars is ambitious. The desire to reach hearts is wise.” 

    ― Maya Angelou

  26. “Stepping onto a brand-new path is difficult, but not more difficult than remaining in a situation, which is not nurturing to the whole woman.”
    ― Maya Angelou
  27. “Everything in the universe has a rhythm, everything dances. ”
    ― Maya Angelou
  28. “No matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow.”
    ― Maya Angelou
  29. “Any book that helps a child to form a habit of reading, to make reading one of his deep and continuing needs, is good for him.”
    ― Maya Angelou
  30. “You may shoot me with your words, you may cut me with your eyes, you may kill me with your hatefulness, but still, like air, I’ll rise!” 

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A Dosage of Inspiration a Day : March 16

Commit to growing yourself. Do not avoid problems and or complain about problems. Don’t let them bother you. In fact, don’t even call them problems; refer to them as “challenges” or “situations”. Let go of the emotion and drama you create when you don’t get what you want. Just stay present and handle one situation at a time with an open mind and an open heart. Trust yourself and in the universe that everything will work out in the end.

T. Harv Eker