KK!HR
Management Consultancy
Nagarkar Vinayak L
Hr-consultant
+1 Other

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Dear Sir / Mam, Kindly guide me how to reduce the gossip between the employees during the working hours. They go to each other for discussing certain issue but somehow get into gossiping. A strong check on them makes them feel suffocated and due to which the productivity is getting hampered.
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Perhaps, you are not providing enough formal opportunities for social interaction during the work hours and so they resort to such gossip sessions. As rightly pointed out by you, any over strictness in the matter is likely to be demotivating. So you need to divert the employee inertia into productive channels and develop some social activities, to give employees some opportunity to express themselves.
You can start up some of the activities(depending on your kind of setup)
like:-
a. Gettogether on some functions like - Holi/Pre Diwali/New year's eve and involve employees there or Community meals (Involving employees to serve food)
b. Scheduled Family visits to work place so that they feel proud that they are associated with the kind up Company.
C Employee outdoor activities like picnics, etc.
Alike above you may think having a brain storming with your team.
This certainly will help in reducing the gossip culture.
Hold a offline/online meeting, talk to the team and explain them the value of productivity. I am sure they will understand. However you will have to keep talking to the team quite often.
Dear colleague,
This kind of behavioural issue can be tackled by repeated persuasive talk .
Besides, I am sure there are only small number of habitual employees who indulge in this who are required to be disciplined by warnings and pro- rata salary deduction in fit cases.
Generally it is human nature to gossip for a while which should be ignored and only irresponsible and time wasters need to be sternly tackled .
Regards,
Vinayak Nagarkar
HR- Consultant
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