In movies and television, office environments always incorporate the water cooler scene. Employees are shown around the water cooler gossiping and chatting about coworkers or bosses. Let’s not make this into reality. Gossiping at work, especially about your coworkers or boss, is an extreme no no, in my book. I cringe at the thought of interns partaking in such behavior, so I thought I’d blog about it.
Office gossip is something that happens in all different types of professional environments; however, ironically, it is the most unprofessional thing you can do. Luckily, my office has not fallen victim to office gossip. I am especially happy about that. However, there will be times when we will work in environments where people will gossip and bad mouth their coworkers or bosses. It’s important to stay clear of such behavior. It gives off the wrong impression, most importantly. It’ll show a bad trait in yourself to those you work with, and if your boss catches you, it will make you look unprofessional. You should be working, not chatting about irrelevant topics.
It’s important to voice your opinions and concerns, however. So, don’t keep silent if you’re unhappy. My office conducts one-on-ones where everyone meets once a week with their supervisor. I get to chat with my supervisor about the work I am doing and about any concerns or questions I have about my tasks or assignments. By allotting this time to employees’ happiness, it shows how concerned my bosses are with the organization and happiness of their office environment. I find it very useful. So, skip the water cooler, and use your time for more important tasks, such as actually doing your work.