Gossip that creates trouble for your company is the kind that is caused by ill intentions towards an individual or group. This type of gossip can be harmful to productivity and tarnish the culture of the work environment. If left ignored, this negative gossip can cause employee turnover, poor morale and disruption of workflow.
As a leader, model the behavior you want to see in your people.
Understanding the role, you play in the creation of office gossip is the first step towards eliminating its harmful effects. If you regularly whisper secrets to your team, it’s likely others will act the same way. Model behavior to others that makes it clear which behaviors are acceptable and which are not.