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Ask Dave

All Gossip Equals No Job

Read how gossip leads to a lack of employment in certain companies.

QUESTION: Cheryl asks Dave about his non-gossip policy.

ANSWER: One thing I discovered years ago is that gossip inside a company debilitates the organization and destroys trust. We just said that we’re going to have problems and hurt feelings, and when you have a gripe, tell someone who can do something about it. Negatives are handed up, and positives are handed down. If you start griping to the receptionist about your computer not working, I’ll warn you once and then fire you the second time. Gossip is a sin. It’s a big deal, and it destroys people.