Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Four Fired For Gossip
I read the story about the four women who got fired for gossiping on the job. These were town employees in the small place called Hooksett, N.H. Seems they were jawing around the watercooler about an improper relationship between an administrator and another employee. The kicker here is that the stories and rumors were not true. So, what should be done? Was the punishment too severe?
The administrator decided to complain about it since the rumor was not true. The town investigated and found that "Gossip, whispering, and an unfriendly environment are causing poor morale and interfering with the efficient performance of town business." The town council had no choice but to fire the four ladies.
Okay, so now people are going to be upset by this, I'm sure. But, my take on this is that I agree with the town council. There is no place in the work environment for whispering and gossip. Usually, even if the original story is true, the gossip changes it with every single telling and causes no end to the problems for the individuals involved in the stories. THERE IS NO PLACE for this type of conversation whether workplace or neighborhood fence. It is entirely too malicious and painful.
So, if you are a gossip, please think abou this and the damage that rumors do to people. One day it could be you!!!
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