Whenever there’s human, there’s gossip,
whenever there’s gossipers, there’s rumors.
Here’s another attempt by me to "poke" more into undesirable people working in the office environment.
Let’s take a look at this category of animal on two legs known as the Gossiper. What only comes out of these people is (no doubt) tainted truth, over-exaggerated news and of course, from unconfirmed and untraceable sources. One of the top reasons (explanations) from "Office Politics" experts why these people behaves in such a manner and why the need to spread rumour is; these folks are simply bored & very bored.
Finding it an indispensable need to entertain themselves badly, they pick "targets" to "marked". Usually there are 2 known type of targets, the weak & meek, or the high & almighty.
They picked on the weak & meek as these are probably the easiest to "pick" on (or bully). Usually defenseless, quiet, and withdrawn, these are your typical nerds who usually come in the form of your office IT guy, the new admin girl, a junior planner or a freshly graduated designer. Rumors will soon surface – from the pantry of course;
"Look at that IT guy; he resembles the Date-Rape Murderer from CSI China…."
"Heard that new admin girl is the niece of "Go Chop Tong" lei, they even got the same nose…."
"That new junior media planner used to be from this VERY FAMOUS ad agency you know lah, you know?"
"See that new designer? Heard he graduated from Lanyang Art-Card-Damn-Me of FINED Arks lei, power hor?"
The above examples merely started out as pantry-small-talk-turned-gossips, in short, harmless rumors. But when these rumors made its "full course" around the office, usually what comes back is 101% different from what actually went out. Maybe the Hen(s) who started all these rumors finds solace in spreading such tales. Maybe he/she is bored with the job and decides to entertain himself/herself on the expense of another person’s reputation or even the person’s job if thing goes very wrong.
The next group is none other than the "high & almighty" group. The name itself suggested this “unfortunate” group consists of the higher management folks in the like of CEOs, General Managers & Directors. Usually it starts like the below examples;
“That day I saw Mr X from finance department driving Miss Y from sales department home lei.”
“I noticed Mr. A from the creative department has eyes on the new lady from media department.”
“Aiyo, Miss X’s promotion is expected one lah, she’s always seen with our GM at….”
“I thought I saw my Boss stealing a glance at your lady boss.”
See how damaging a pantry tale can get? Once these rumors starts to get “copied” to almost everyone in the office and eventually the victim gets to hear about it, by this time, the victim is helpless and emotionally affected causing productivity to drop. Sometimes a person may even quit savaging whatever that’s left of one’s reputation.
So the next time when you visit the office pantry and found a Hen there, check around, you might find Eggs. (Pun intended).
You cannot stop people from talking, but you can certainly silenced them.
Tips: Watch CSI.
Gossipers ought to be shot, and shot again.
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