This Office Manager resource provides a guide in creating a Gossip Policy for your office.
In the dental office, gossip is an activity that can distract and affect employee job satisfaction. Most of us say we do not like it but have all participated in it at one time or another. In order to create a more professional and team centered work environment, we ask each team member to make a commitment to change any negative actions and help our office to be gossip and drama free.
gos·sip n. Rumor or talk of a personal, sensational, or intimate nature. A person who habitually spreads intimate or private rumors or facts. Trivial, chatty talk or writing.
You will notice that gossip is a noun and something you DO. That also means that is something you choose to do or NOT to do. Gossip is a choice and a behavior that you must choose to opt out of at this office. In order to end gossip, you will have to end particular types of communication, talk, text or email.
- Gossip almost always involves a person who is not present.
- Unwelcome and negative gossip involves criticizing another person.
- Gossip is about conjecture and that can injure another person’s credibility and reputation.
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