The Society for the Advancement of Consulting® has asked its global members to comment on how best to terminate employees, a leadership accountability which can't always be avoided. "We are a global association of top consultants," notes SAC CEO Alan Weiss, PhD. "and we regularly ask our clients and our members what they are seeing. Here's a representative sample."
Best Approaches to Rumors in the Workplace
"Rumors in the workplace aren't going away anytime soon," notes Roberta Matuson, President of Northampton, MA based Matuson Consulting and author of Suddenly in Charge. "It's best to address these issues head on before the rumors spread like wildfire." Matuson suggests you consider the following when dealing with rumors in the workplace.
- Do your best to locate the source of the rumor. Then have a private conversation and explain how these rumors are impacting both the workplace and the reputation of the people who are spreading them.
- People make assumptions and rumors begin when people feel they don't have enough information. Bump up the frequency of your communications, which should significantly reduce the rumors flying around your organization.
- Eliminate the gossipers. Sometimes in organizations there are people who make it their life mission to start and fuel gossip. If people like this reside in your workplace, then you know what you have to do. Show them the door.
Dr. Brusman notes: "In today's world, individuals can make a single decision that can have a profoundly positive or negative effect on their family, their employer, coworkers, a nation, and even on the entire world. The life we lead reflects the strength of a single trait: our personal character. Personal ethics are different for each person but for the most part, people want to be known as a good person, someone who can be trusted. Most people are concerned about their relationships and personal reputations."'
According to Dr. Brusman, "When a person hears gossip about someone else, whether they personally know that person or not, they form an image of the person in their mind. This damages the talked about person's reputation. If the listener were to hear something else about the person or meet them, the gossip almost always comes back to mind. Gossip consumes society. Just think about all the stories that you read on the internet. Many of the stories are simply not true. Society balances itself through the honest exchange of ideas, but when exaggeration, misrepresentation, slander, and misuse of the internet come into play, gossip becomes a malicious exchange. Is there a time in your life when someone had gossiped or spread rumors about you? How did you feel when that happened? After that, would you then gossip or talk about someone else? As a society we need to stop unethical gossip. None of us need or deserve judgment."