Since this month's NaBloPoMo is all about work, this is the perfect way for me to vent about the nonsense that has been going on at my job.
So I've been a temp for five and a half years at my job and before I got hired six months ago, these cats were hating on me because of the opportunities I was offered. I mean they were doing some really backhanded stuff. And I thought that since I was hired on as a permanent employee that the bullshit would stop.
|I'm the guy working and the other two women|
are my gossipy co-workers. Except I'm much cuter than him.
The local gossip queen at my job came to me and told me that folks were having issues with me leaving early and she was worried about me losing my job. And I appreciated what she told me. But I also told her that they need to worry about THEIR job because whatever I did was already approved by my manager. I'm not just running around EVERYDAY doing whatever I want to. And they also fail to realize that I work seven days a week...so if I do leave early, trust and believe I am in my living room on Saturday and Sunday with my work laptop on with a load of laundry in the washer and the dryer.
I just don't understand why they are so concerned about what I'm doing and what MY boss said I could do. They gossip and talk about me a couple of days a week with their buddies while I'm sitting in my corner getting my job done. Or they are fast asleep in their bed at midnight while I'm in a dark living room getting my job done. Or they are able to have a stress free weekend and do what they want when they want while I'm in the living room getting my damn job done.
And I can deal with y'all gossiping about me because it's not affecting my job. But don't do it within earshot of folks who know me and are cool with me who then come back to me about it. I don't want to hear it and I don't have time to hear it because I'm doing my damned job. Also, I hate it when folks talk about me behind my back about things they know NOTHING about, it gets back to me, and then they turn around and ask me for something.
Because I'm a helpful person and the person they want me to help I like...I roll with it. But it's so frustrating having folks come to me about stuff, hearing stuff from the people who are talking/gossiping about me, and trying to avoid it all while keeping calm and not acting out of control and getting myself fired.
At least my boss and supervisor back me up, know I do superior work, and still accommodate me despite the naysayers, haters, and gossipers that are trying to mess up what I have (and they could get the same thing...instead of worrying about me all they have to do is ask).
YCMs/YCFs: how do you deal with gossipy co-workers?
Here are 8 tips from WikiHow on how to deal with office gossip:
- Know what gossip is
- Don't take gossip to heart
- Know the facts
- Assess the context
- Address workplace change gossip with speed, honesty, and supportiveness
- Challenge the gossiper directly: aka call him out but in a professional way
- Don't participate in office gossip (pot...kettle?)
- Help your company make a policy against office gossip
(These tips were taken directly from a WikiHow article called "How To Deal With Office Gossip" located here. Please visit for more information)