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Question: I’m struggling with our company’s “gossip grapevine.” I manage a number of supervisors. Several dozen employees report to them. They are spread across southern Wisconsin in different offices. I am constantly reacting to this or that latest rumor. This office is going to be closing. That employee is going to be fired. This customer is going to take their business elsewhere. There is no let-up. Some employees just thrive on this “woe is me” mindset. Nothing is ever right. Every cloud has a dark lining. The glass of water is always empty. I’m distracted and concerned by this. I want to get a handle on it, minimize it or eliminate it. What can I do to nip this, once and for all?

Answer: At the beginning, let me observe that I’m sure every reader can identify with what you outline in your question. Is there an office out there that does not have an active gossip grapevine? If there is, I’ve yet to see it.

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Daniel A. Schroeder, Ph.D. is president of Brookfield based Organization Development Consultants Inc. ( He can be reached at 262-827-1901 or Read More »

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