A Stop to the Gossip

Frank Adamo

Proverbs 11:12-13

Whoever derides their neighbor has no sense, but the one who has understanding holds their tongue. A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy person keeps a secret. 

I have a coworker that people like to talk about. When it comes to his job, he is detailed and thorough to the point of irritating his colleagues. He gets the job done, but often takes a long time to finish a task.

In our office, people’s typical response to this individual’s work ethic is to tease him, gossip, and complain about him. I choose a different attitude. I choose to build him up by making sure I compliment him if we are on a one-to-one call or in team teleconferences. These are sincere compliments, for he does many things very well. He knows I have his back.

I have come to learn that, for this man, his job is his life. He has no real hobbies other than reading and shopping online. When your work is such a big part of your life and others are making it miserable for you, how can that life be a happy and productive one?

When I let folks know the good job this coworker is doing, I put a stop to the gossip and bring Christian love and compassion into the workplace. This one small act may seem simple, but it is important in order to make the presence of Christ in the workplace real.

TAKE THE CHALLENGE: How can you work to curb gossip in your workplace or elsewhere?