Intelivate’s advice to a reader whose workplace culture is full of gossip and backstabbing. We break down who is responsible, how to deal with backstabbing coworkers, and how you stay successful.
We asked you about your biggest workplace culture challenges (don’t let the cute Maverick photo fool you – he’s currently going through the ‘terrible twos’).
Her response was to-the-point:
“Colleagues’ gossip and bad-talking others. I wish we all lived by the motto, “If you have nothing nice to say, don’t say it.”
Ironically, I am familiar with Amanda’s workplace. She works at a private club at which I am a member. I’ll just say the members can be..ummmm…hmmmm..’demanding’ (myself excluded of course).
Being in a smaller work environment like this can amplify a bad culture even more. Here was my response to her (modified for context).
1. Identify the Cause – Organizational or Individual?
I am a HUGE believer that in developing any solution (personally or professionally), it’s imperative to identify the ‘root cause.’ Otherwise, you just end up putting patches in and fixing symptoms of the backstabbing issue without ever fixing the core. That causes chaos and frustration over time.
Unfortunately, your situation is not uncommon at all in office cultures – either organization-wide or within departments. Fortunately, there are specific solutions that both organizations and individuals can do to change this.
I’ll start at the organizational level.