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The dangers of workplace gossip in public safety

If you can’t say anything nice, then don’t say anything at all

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Why do we gossip? Some researchers say that gossip helped our ancestors survive. It creates bonds between humans. Sharing information is the ultimate form of socializing.

Gossip isn’t always negative. If someone tells you your reputation has preceded you, they may have heard good things. Problems only arise when people disseminate untrue or negative information.

What’s the big deal? It causes a gradual deterioration of trust and morale. There may be a decline in productivity. It can increase anxiety and tension. This may result in personnel turnover and loss of good talent.

When negative gossip begins, be assertive. Walk away or change the subject. Finally, I know you’ve heard this before. But if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all. Demonstrate respect for your co-workers and for yourself. Your reputation and the reputation of your agency depend on it.

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Gordon Graham has been actively involved in law enforcement since 1973. He spent nearly 10 years as a very active motorcycle officer while also attending Cal State Long Beach to achieve his teaching credential, USC to do his graduate work in Safety and Systems Management with an emphasis on Risk Management, and Western State University to obtain his law degree. In 1982 he was promoted to sergeant and also admitted to the California State Bar and immediately opened his law offices in Los Angeles.