Avoiding the Pitfalls of Office Gossip

Every office has gossip. How do you ensure that you do not fall victim to the spread of gossip?

While yomay spend a large majority of your day with your coworkers, you do not need to share embarrassing or extremely personal information with them. Hold your wild card close to the chest.

What do you do when a coworker reels you into office gossip?

You can tell the gossiper you aren’t interested in hearing things like that, tell them that you don’t want to talk about others because you wouldn’t want them talking about you, or you can suggest to go talk to the person about their situation directly. No gossiper wants to be confrontational so that will almost always stop the gossip right away.

 

Here are 4 things to do if you do fall victim to office gossip…

Talk to the source. In a non-emotional way, let them know you have heard they are talking about you and you would like them to stop. If they don’t stop, speak to your boss about the issue stating the way you have already tried to stop the problem.

Address your team. If you are a manager and this happens to you or one of your employees, speak with your team about office gossip, the company policy on gossip and how to nip it in the bud.

Don’t Address the issue Company Wide.  The last thing you should do is send out a company wide email that office gossip won’t be tolerated. This isn’t effective because it can come across as the management team is conflict adverse. Instead, provide appropriate training to managers and employees on how to cope with office gossip.

Lead by Example. The best way to make a behavioral change in your office is to lead by example. If you don’t want others to spread gossip than you shouldn’t either.  

By |2014-10-31T09:21:24-05:00October 31st, 2014|How to Be Happy at Work, How to Keep Your Job|Comments Off on Avoiding the Pitfalls of Office Gossip

How to Have a Pain-free Health Insurance Experience

At Career Find, we do our best to send out helpful career-related hints and tips every month that can help you, a friend or a family member. As we enter the 4th quarter of 2014, we want to share some of our most valued strategic business partners with you. The people we highlight are masters of their trades and we have been recommending them to our friends, family and clients for years.

November starts the beginning of health insurance enrollment. One of our trusted partners specializes in helping businesses and individuals navigate the complicated world of insurance. When you work with John Huncharek and Chris Duell from Academy Financial Group, you can expect to be educated about all options available to you and feel confident that you will select the best plan for you and your business. With their incredible knowledge base about health insurance as well as their friendly no-pressure demeanor, we highly recommend Academy Financial Group for your health insurance needs. 

“Academy Financial Group provides health insurance, life insurance, disability income insurance, long term care insurance as well as dental and vision insurance to individuals and families. We also help companies navigate through health reform and provide employee benefits to small and medium-sized businesses.

For individuals, healthcare open enrollment begins November 15th and we help individuals find the most appropriate plan for them. We shop for the best deals and present options for our clients. Because we are not obligated to any insurance company, we go to the company that will be the best fit for each client. We spend time educating people on the pros and cons of each insurance plan so they can make the best choice for them. We try to give our clients the bigger picture on protecting their families so they can take a road map with them for the future.

 For small companies, we help them figure out whether it is better to have individual coverage or group coverage. For medium-sized companies, we help them avoid penalties and meet the government requirements. Again, we like to shop companies and present the best options. Our job is to give companies the best information that will allow them to make good decisions.” 

 

For more information contact: 

John D Huncharek

President

Academy Financial Group

713-898-5909

john@1afg.com

 

By |2014-10-14T12:39:18-05:00October 14th, 2014|Professional Contacts|Comments Off on How to Have a Pain-free Health Insurance Experience