Gossip is defined by sharing anything negative to anyone who can’t solve the problem.
And the reason why we skirt around and avoid talking to the person who can do something about the situation is because we’re afraid.
We’re afraid of being wrong or to be vulnerable. We’re afraid of raising our hands and questioning the status-quo. Or speaking out of turn or out of line. We’re afraid the boss might fire us.
The more gossip an office or team has, the more toxic the environment is. It’s that simple.
The dangerous part working in an environment like this is how easy it can carry over to other parts of our lives.
Think about it.