How to Deal With Office Gossips

It’s uncomfortable when someone spreads rumors. What should you do? How do you handle it? Read on for valuable tips for dealing with office gossips.

The Best Ways to Deal With Office Gossip

As your coworkers gather around the water cooler, you’re bound to hear someone say, “Did you hear about Mark,” “Can you believe what happened to Lauren,” or “What do you think is going on with “Jamie?”

That’s right, you have just stumbled upon some office gossip. Although some juicy gossip can buy some short-term entertainment, it can cause some irreparable harm to your workplace.

Office gossip cannot only lower morale, but it can cause people to lose their jobs. If you hear some coworkers gossiping, follow these steps to keep the situation from getting worse.

1. Quell the Situation With Your Words

When you hear one of your coworkers starting to gossip, there are things you can say to quash it in its tracks.

Some things you can say include:

  • That’s none of our business
  • We shouldn’t talk behind their back
  • That’s their business
  • I don’t want to talk about that

After you saying that, try to change the subject to something work related.

2. Tell Your Coworker About the Gossip Being Spread About Them

Even though you don’t want to hear about any office gossip, there is a chance that it will be spread regardless. If this happens, you should tell your coworkers that someone is spreading a rumor about them.

Depending on the rumor, this could be awkward, but tell them that you are coming to them as a concerned coworker and that you would want them to do the same were the situation reversed.

3. Got to Your Supervisor or Confront the Gossipers

Once you’ve told your coworker about the rumor, encourage them to speak with a supervisor about the situation. Also, discourage them from confronting the gossipers directly if they seem hotheaded. If your coworker can settle the situation civilly with the gossipers, that’s optimal, but if it will turn into a screaming match, it’s best to avoid that entirely.

If the rumor is toxic, personal, or career-threatening, you should go directly to your supervisor. Starting a rumor about someone being in an elicit or illegal activity is not something to take lightly.

4. If the Rumor is True, Act Accordingly

If you tell your coworker about the rumor spread about them, there is a chance that you’ll learn that the rumor is true.

Most likely, if the rumor is true, you should still encourage your coworker to either confront the gossipers or go to your supervisor. However, in some scenarios you might want to consider other options.

If you learn that your coworker’s well-being is in danger, you might want to consider that they speak with the Human Resources Department, or even the police. For example, if your coworker is involved in a sexual relationship with someone at the company, encourage them to disclose the situation to HR. If you learn that their life is in danger for one reason or another, go to the police. If you learn that they have severe depression and that they are growing unstable, encourage them to consult HR and look into seeing a therapist.

You might also learn that your coworker is involved with something illegal, and are unwilling to stop. In this situation, you should bring this information to your supervisor.

5. What if Someone Starts a Rumor or Gossips About You?

If you have an office bully, there is an entire other article you need to consult. However, if you learn that someone has started a rumor about you, we recommend that you do the following:

First, you should record the instance. Log when you heard the rumor, who you heard it from and what the rumor was.

Second, you should tell the person you heard it from that the rumor is false and to stop spreading it.

How to Deal With a Personal Conflict at Work

The workplace is not place for a bully. Here are some suggestions for dealing with workplace abuse.

How to Handle a Problematic Co-worker

At some point in your life, you have probably dealt with a bully. Unfortunately, the bullies we face in life sometimes go beyond the playground as they make their way into our professional lives.

Problematic coworkers can pester us for several reasons. They can be verbally abusive, they can obstruct our workflow, they can sexually harass us and they can physically harm us.

What is important is how we face this issue. The last thing you want to do is make the situation worse, so make sure you follow these steps to help make your work environment less toxic.

1. Stay Calm

If you have an office bully, your first thought might be to act rashly. If you fight back by giving them a taste of their own medicine, the repercussions can be catastrophic. You don’t want to lose your job or worse because you were defending yourself from a bully.

Take a deep breath, collect yourself, and move forward with the following steps.

2. Keep a Paper Trail of What is Happening

If things get to a point where the two of you are sitting in your boss’s office discussing what happened, you don’t want it to turn into a “he said, she said.”

Keep a paper trail of the abusive behavior. This means keep screenshots of messages, emails, and audio recordings of conversations if you have them.

If you can show that what they said was a pattern of abusive behavior rather than a one-time lapse in judgment, your supervisor will be more inclined to do more to remedy the situation.

Even if things don’t get to the point where you need to talk to your supervisor, you will want to keep this paper trail in case problems arise with this coworker once again.

3. Speak With a Coworker That You Trust

If there is another coworker that is close to the situation and that you trust, it is important that they are an ally in this situation. Confide with them about what happened. There is a chance that they have also experienced this behavior from the coworker in question and are willing to come with you to talk to your supervisor.

4. Speak With The Person in Question

Before you confront the supervisor with this issue, you should first talk it out with the bully in question.

There is always a chance that this was a misunderstanding that can be settled with an apology and a handshake. Tell them what they did that upset you and how it upset you.

Please note that if this person has been abusive toward you, you should go directly to your supervisor rather than trying to talk it out with them.

5. Speak With Your Supervisor if Things Are Beyond Your Control

Situations with workplace bullies fall into two groups: situations that require intervention from your supervisor, and situations that don’t.

You should talk with your supervisor about the problematic coworker if their behavior is abusive, dangerous, disrupts workflow or if you tried to handle it with the person in question privately, but the problem persists.

Your supervisor will appreciate you trying to handle the matter yourself, but they also want you to come to them if there is a problem that requires their intervention.

6. What to Do if The Person in Question is Your Supervisor

Sometimes the workplace bully is your boss. With that come several other fears such as losing your job or being chastised by the entire office. However, this same step-by-step plan still works even for supervisors, but with one exception.

If you speak with your supervisor, but the problem persists, then you should talk to your boss’s boss. Yes, more than likely your boss has a boss. Your supervisor more than likely has a supervisor the looks over their district. Do some research to find out who they report to, and come to them with the issue.

If you are struggling to find out where to start, here are ways to file a formal complaint.

For example, when I was 16 I had a problematic boss. He was verbally abusive, his behavior kept me from doing my job, and his negative behavior affected the entire business.

After speaking with several other employees who had issues with the person in question, we took the issue to the CEO of the company who terminated our supervisor. It turns out that the CEO was well aware of the supervisor’s behavior, and our collective testimony was the straw that broke the camel’s back.

Sure, reporting your supervisor might seem daunting, but the worst thing that can happen is that you end up leaving a job at a company where you were harassed and abused. Although not optimal, it is still better than continuing to work alongside a bully.

What if Someone Accuses Me of Being a Bully?

If you are accused of being an office bully, your first reaction might be to respond with anger.

Don’t do that.

Getting mad and retaliating is an almost definite way to get yourself fired or at least penalized in some way.

Listen to why you have been accused of being a bully, and think back on the instance(s) with a different perspective. Ask yourself if you could see why that behavior could be considered toxic or hurtful. Talk about the problem with the person in question and try to constructively forge a new work environment with them.

Remember, this could all be a misunderstanding, and you can shake hands and walk away. If you were in the wrong, this is an opportunity to grow as a worker and as a person. If you were in the wrong, apologize and thank them for bringing this to your attention after assuring that you won’t behave like that again.

How to Land a Job at a Tech Company With No Tech Experience

You don’t have to be a tech genius to work for Apple, Amazon or Google. You just need to have marketable skills and a desire to work for the best.

How to Work at a Tech Company Without Tech Experience

Working for a big tech company has a lot of advantages. You will feel a bigger sense of job security, there might be better health insurance and the company may offer benefits unavailable at most other companies. A lot of people, you included, would be lucky to land a job at one of these companies.

There’s just one problem: you don’t have any tech experience.

Fear not! Even without tech experience you could still land a great job at a tech company. You just have to know where to start!

Find the right company

Even during the pandemic, lots of tech companies are hiring in droves. Amazon alone is looking for about 100,000 workers for their delivery and distribution centers.

Do yourself a favor and find a suitable job search site so you can start looking for a solid job at a tech company! You can also do the research by going directly to the main site for jobs for specific companies.

Find a job with them that you ARE qualified to do

Even though they are tech companies, not all the jobs at a tech company are in the tech industry. All companies need help with marketing, clerical work and general staff. Companies like Amazon need help with distribution, logistics, and analytics.

According to an article from, about a quarter of all jobs at job Microsoft and Intel are NOT tech-related.

Find a job with one of these companies that you are qualified to do, and start applying!

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How to Nail Your Phone Interview

With the increase in remote work, telephone interviews are becoming more common. Learn tip and tricks for making the phone interview go smoothly.

How to nail the phone interview.

Tips for Phone Interviews

Even when the whole world isn’t under quarantine, some businesses still conduct most of their interviews over the phone. Even though a phone interview seems like a just like a normal interview but over the phone, there are things that you need to do differently in order to nail the interview.

Schedule the Interview For a Specific Time

If a company says that they are going to call you “on Tuesday,” ask for a more concrete time to speak with them. Not every place will be able to give you a definite time that they are going to call you, but you can get a general time like “after noon” or “toward the end of the day.”

Make Sure That You are Somewhere Quiet

If you are doing a phone interview, you are probably doing it either from home, your car, or your current job. If you are doing it from your current job, tell your supervisor that you are expecting a personal phone call and will need to step aside. You do not need to explain what the call is. Also, if you’re making the call at work, make sure you are somewhere private. Don’t interview for a new job in front of everyone at your current job. If this means you need to leave the office and take the call outside or from your car, do that instead.

If you are taking the call from home, make sure that you are somewhere private and quiet as well. If you have roommates or family at home, tell them that you are about to have an important phone call and cannot be disturbed.

Take a Deep Breath And Chill Out Before the Call

When you are interviewed face-to-face, you are being judged not only by what is on your resume, but how you look and present yourself. Since the interviewer cannot see you, they can only go off what is on your resume, and how you sound. If you tend to get nervous, take some time to calm down before the interview. You don’t want to sound panicked or frazzled over the phone when you are talking to them. Speak slowly to avoid slurring your words.

Prepare For Technical Difficulties

Technology tends to fail at the worst possible moments. Before your interview, make sure that your phone is charged, and that you have solid service. If you have a laptop, bring it just in case. If the phone call is not working, you can send a quick email explaining the problem, and see if you can set up a call via Zoom or Skype because you have your laptop on you. Remember, you don’t want the most memorable thing about the interview to be that they could barely hear you and it wasted both of your time.

Put the Call on Speakerphone and Take Notes

If you are being interviewed in person, taking notes is always a good idea. This does not change just because you are on the phone. Put the call on speakerphone, and take notes during your interview.

Use All of the Same Best Practices For Normal Interviews

Just because you are doing a phone interview does not mean that you shouldn’t conduct yourself as you do in a typical in-person interview. Follow all of the same best practices we have discussed in previous articles on how to nail interviews:

How to Productively Work From Home

More workers than ever are working from home. While this can be appealing here are some tips to make working at home productive.

How to Work From Home Like a Pro

During this pandemic, there’s a good chance that you just started working from home. If you’ve never worked from home before, this transition might feel a little bit weird. As such, it might be hard to stay productive. Along with your family and/or roommates, you have all of your home’s distractions that can keep you from your work.  

There are things you can do to stay productive, and avoid distractions. Remember, this pandemic is going to end, and you want to prove to your employer that you are just as much of an asset at home as you are in the office.

Don’t Drop Your Day-to-Day Standards And Routine

Since you are working from home, you no longer have to worry about the commute to work. This means you can sleep-in a bit longer. However, you shouldn’t drop your normal routine entirely. The pandemic will eventually end and you will eventually go back to your normal routine. As a result, if you change your routine, it will be hard to go back to it once the pandemic is over. Don’t sleep in to excess, and don’t drop your morning routine.

Furthermore, don’t drop your standards too much for how you dress and present yourself. Shower and shave just as frequently as you did before. Also, just because you can work in your pajamas doesn’t mean that you should. First, you need to make sure that you look presentable for video-conference calls. You don’t want your coworkers to see you in your Scooby-Doo pajamas or your bathrobe. Studies also show that dressing properly for work makes you more efficient.

If you typically wear a suit to work, you obviously don’t need to wear a suit in your home every day. However, you should dress nice enough so that you look presentable, but are still comfortable.

Choose Your Working Area Wisely

When you heard you were going to be working from home, you probably immediately imagined yourself on your couch with your laptop typing with your right hand and surfing Netflix with your left. This is not a good idea.

Sure, some of us can stay productive while the TV plays in the background, but this isn’t the case for all of us. Also, if you sit in your couch you are much more likely to fall asleep and have an unexpected midday nap. If you have an office at your home, that might be your best bet. If not, the kitchen or dining room table is fair game as well.

Make sure wherever you work is both quiet and private enough for you. If you are going to be in video-conference meetings, your coworkers don’t want to hear “Tiger King” on Netflix in the background, or see your kids running around like crazy.

Discuss Your Work Needs With Your Family/Roommates

Even though you are at home, you are still on the clock. Just because you are home it doesn’t mean that you can goof around with your family and roommates during working hours.

Before you start working, let your family and roommates know how long you will be working, and that you cannot be disturbed unless it is an emergency. There’s a good chance that someone else in your home will also be working, so make sure that the two of you can both do your jobs to the best of your abilities without getting in each other’s way.

Make Your Work Space Your Own

Your home is filled with distractions and temptations that can keep you from getting your work done. However, there are things at home that can make for a happier and even a more productive work environment.

Since you currently don’t have any desk mates or nearby coworkers, you can play some music while you work. You can also stock your area with all of your favorite snacks and refreshments

 If you have a cat or a dog, feel free to invite them into your office to give you some company. You might get lonely or stir crazy by yourself, and studies show that animals in the workplace can help reduce stress and up office morale!

Let Your Employer Know Your Needs

Since you are stuck at home, you probably have a lot more at-home responsibilities that take up your time. Laundry might be piling up, you need to shop for groceries, you need to cook more, and you need to clean more. As a result, your normal hours of operation might not be feasible any longer.

Let your boss know what times are going to work for you and if your schedule can be flexible. The worst they can do is say “no.” If they do say “no,” figure out how you schedule your at-home responsibilities around your work schedule. Maybe you can spend your breaks switching out the laundry loads or throwing some chicken in the crockpot. 

If you can adjust your hours, you can work later, and go to the grocery store or do some cleaning during the day!

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